Patty Herst vs. Connie Essay

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Patty Herst vs. Connie

Patty Campbell Hearst
Vs. Connie
By,
Luke Zehr

"Where are you going, where have you been?" is a story about a young teenager named Connie
that is rebelling against her parents and discovering her sexuality with older boys. No
one can really control Connie; she sneaks around and hides what she does from her parents.
Her character reflects a person named Patty Campbell Hearst who was kidnapped in the
seventies. I am going to compare these two people.

The story of Patty Hearst is a bizarre one. First of all Patty is the granddaughter of the
famous newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. That's why she was kidnapped in the
first place. She was taken on February 4th 1974 by an activist group who called themselves
the Symbionese Liberation Army. This uncanny group was trying to wage a war on those of
status and money. When the SLA abducted Patty there was media frenzy over it. Anyway she
went missing for two months then something most unexpected happened. She appeared on a
surveillance tape helping the SLA rob a San Francisco bank. This bizarre twist of events
is still being debated today. Why would a girl join her captors and help them in crime?

Now I'll compare how Connie resembles this concept. During the story Connie keeps going
farther and farther with older and older boys. Keep In mind that she's a young girl much
like Patty Hearst. Toward the end of the story a much older man named Arnold Friend
arrives at her doorstep attempting to seduce Connie into "going for a ride" with him.





She was alone and he knew it. At first she kept telling him to leave but he started
getting under her skin. He just kept trying to reassure her that he wouldn't hurt her and
that he was her friend. But Connie knew from the start that he was a dangerous man and
that something wasn't right. He knew all sorts of things about her. Arnold told her
exactly where her family was at the time they we're talking without her saying anything.
It was obvious that he'd had an eye on her. However Arnold Friend still hadn't convinced
Connie to go with him. Then he started leaving hints that he was going to take her. For
instance he said: "Connie, don't fool around with me, I mean don't fool around."
Eventually he was really getting to her and she threatened to call the police. Then he
told her he would keep his promise and not come in the house unless she touched the phone.
Then Arnold started saying "This is our day Connie", "I'm your lover." By this time she
was almost hysterical. Connie didn't know what to do. He kept pushing her and he finally
told her: "You're inside your daddy's house, that's nothing but a cardboard box I can
knock down anytime." Then he outright threatened her family. Connie was eventually almost
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