… beginning of history and is illustrated in many venues including literature. One of the classic examples of different people being punished for their differences can be found in the works of Joyce Carol Oates, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been.” Connie was not like her sister and the differences displeased many around her including her own mother. Her mother often spoke to her with disdain …
… to be different than her sister. Her mother punished her for it because she was angry at the independence it illustrated.
Often times those who are different than the norm for their group, are punished because their very daring to push the envelope challenges the comfort level of those who are in the group.
When her mother said to her: “Why don’t you keep your room …
… ’s a vicious circle that seems to be caused by the different people but as the story illustrates it is actually the problem of those who are insecure about them.
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been. Oates, Carol, Joyce.