Disguise symbolism in "Where Are You Going Where Have You Been" By Joyce Carol Oats
Disguises are a symbol of hiding who you really are. Disguises foreshadow that someone is trying to be someone who they aren't. In real life, wearing a disguise or a costume is usually for the holiday Halloween or just for fun. disguises and costumes are often used in movies for the characters to portray the thing or person they are acting as.
At Home, Connie would dress like a normal teenage girl to make her mother think that Connie actually dressed like that. But, little did her mother know that Connie would dress like an adult female when she left the house. Disguises in this story represents hiding who you are. Here, Connie is hiding her clothing choices from her mother and is "disguising" herself in teenage clothing.
Outside of home, Connie would be dressed in clothes that was too grown-up for her.Her parents did not know how she was dressing and how she dressed, gave her a lot of unneeded attention. Connie's disguise in this scene was how she dressed being away from home because she was trying to look older than what she was. Because of this, Arnold Friend took a special notice to her.