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Temptation in Where Are You Going , Where Are you Been? - The Theme of Temptation in “Where Are You Going , Where Are you Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates In “Where are You Going, Where Have you Been?” Joyce Carol Oates uses an allegorical figure of evil to illustrate the theme of temptation. Oates alludes to hell through the character Arnold Friend, as the devil, and his victim Connie, who invites him in by committing the sin of vanity. The narrator implies that Arnold Friend is Satan by giving certain clues that the reader can easily deduce. The name that Oates gives to the character is one hint to the reader: “Connie looked away from Friend's smile to the car, which was painted so bright it almost hurt her eyes to look at it....   [tags: Where Are You Going , Where Are you Been?] 837 words
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Transition in Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been - Transition in Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been         Each of us experiences transitions in our lives. Some of these changes are small, like moving from one school semester to the next. Other times these changes are major, like the transition between youth and adulthood. In Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", the author dramatizes a real life crime story to examine the decisive moment people face when at the crossroads between the illusions and innocence of youth and the uncertain future....   [tags: Where Are You Going Where Have You Been]
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Connie’s Choice in Where are you Going, Where have you Been? - Where are you Going, Where have you Been. – Connie’s Choice I think Connie opened the screen door because she wanted to escape from her life with her family into some kind of fantasy. I think there were other reasons also, but the story points to this one in many places. First of all, Connie was not happy at home. The story says that her father "was away at work most of the time," and "didn't bother talking much to them," so Connie didn't have love from him and had to find male attention somewhere else....   [tags: Where Are You Going Where Have You Been] 468 words
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An Analysis of Joyce Carol Oates’ Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been - An Analysis of Joyce Carol Oates’ Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most productive writers of our time. Between 1971-95, Oates published twenty-five novels, eighteen short story compilations, three collections of novellas, five volumes of poetry, six editions of plays, eight books of essays, and countless more umcollected works (Kellman 487). As the format for her writing varies, so does her subject matter. Her creations cover a wide range of genres, but Oates' main fascination is contemporary America with its "colliding social and economic forces, its philosophical contradictions, its wayward, often violent energies" (Johnson 8)....   [tags: Where Are You Going Where Have You Been]
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Death and Reality in Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates - Death and Reality in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates       Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" is about a young girl's struggle to escape reality while defying authority and portraying herself as a beauty queen; ultimately, she is forced back to reality when confronted by a man who symbolizes her demise. The young girl, Connie, is hell- bent on not becoming like her mother or sister. She feels she is above them because she is prettier....   [tags: Where Are You Going Where Have You Been]
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Reader Response Essay - Joyce Carol Oates's Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? - Reader Response Essay - Joyce Carol Oates's Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been. As I began reading “Where are you going, where have you been?” by Joyce Carol Oates I found myself relating the experiences of Connie, the girl in the story, to my own personal experiences. She spoke of going to a friend’s house and having her friend’s father drive them to the shopping mall so that they could walk around and socialize or go see a movie. I found that this related very closely with my own experiences of being fifteen years old because it was always someone else’s parents driving my friends and I to the movies or to the mall....   [tags: Where Are You Going Where Have You Been] 755 words
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The Devil in Joyce Carol Oates' Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? - The Devil in Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Her name is Connie, and she is not unlike many girls of the time she lives in. She is vain, she is constantly at war with her family, and she is in an incredible rush to grow up. Her race to maturity is the trait focused on in Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been." It splits Connie into two different personalities: 'One for home, and one for anywhere that was not home' (431). Everything about her?her walk, her smile, and her laugh?metamorphoses as soon as she steps out the front door....   [tags: Where Are You Going Where Have You Been]
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The Role of the Antagonists in the Short Stories "Where Have You Been, Where are You Going" and "Love in LA" - Like all great stories throughout time, a compelling villain is the key to making a story worthwhile. In short stories like, “Where have you been, where are you going,” and, “Love in LA,” a though provoking antagonist was used by the authors to really give the stories some depth. The antagonist of, “Where have you been…”Arnold Friend takes on the persona of temptation to the protagonist Connie and really emphasizes the theme of be careful what you wish for. Connie was a young girl who repeatedly met up with older more mature boys; but one day Arnold Friend arrives at her house and coerces her to leave with him....   [tags: Where have you been where are you going, love in L] 725 words
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? - ... As the narrator explains in the beginning of the story, Connie was not going down the right path. Therefore, Connie’s conscious is trying to look out for her and her future by sending “warning dream” or nightmare. The analysis of this next critic, Marie Urbanski, is a very logical well thought out conclusion as to why Connie goes Arnold Friend. Urbanski focuses on the religious meaning behind “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, which in a way also indicates the evil temptation that everyone fights with throughout his or her lifetime....   [tags: Joyce Carol Oates short story] 730 words
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been - “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been,” written by Joyce Carol Oates is an unsettling and incredibly formidable story of a young woman’s loss of innocence during a time of social change, unrest and turbulence. The story’s protagonist is Connie, a self-absorbed, yet beautiful fifteen-year-old girl, who is at odds with not only her family but also the conservative values handed down by society. She, unknowing to her parents, spends her evenings flirting and picking up boys at a local diner while exploring her independence and individuality....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been - Joyce Carol Oates was born in Lockport, New York on June 16, 1938. She grew up on a farm with her parents. She developed an interest for books as a child, yet she had a really tough time increasing a love in books for reading and writing. In her early twenties she got her first typewriter which was given by her grandmother. By receiving ardent support from her parents, she wrote a lot throughout high school and college career. While she was in high school, she participated in a contest in which she has to write about newspaper article and won a scholarship to attend Syracuse University....   [tags: Joyce Carol Oates, Author, Literary Analysis]
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‘’Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?’’ - Analysis of Connie’s Character and Her Demise There are some stories that capture the reader’s attention and which keep us riveted from the beginning to the ultimate line of the tale. ‘’Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?’’, a short story written by Joyce Carol Oates in 1966, is one of those. Inspired by the mythic song of the phenomenal singer Bob Dylan entitled ‘’It’s all over Now, Baby Blue,’’ the author describes the main character as a 15-year-old girl named ‘’ Connie’’, who is obsessed by her beauty and does not get along with her family....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Teenage Rebellion]
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been - In her short story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been, Joyce Carol Oates presents us with a well known maxim: children cannot wait to get older. Tired of her boring and powerless childhood, Connie, the main character, searches for cheap thrills she likens to adulthood. Thus, Connie’s surreal experience (Arnold Friend’s sudden and unwanted appearance in his car) represents a suppressed fear of the inevitable and unknown - growing up. Connie, a stereotypical fifteen year old girl, views her life and her family with dissatisfaction....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Joyce Carol Oates] 1522 words
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? - During the teenage years they no longer want to be labeled the “child; matter of fact, they have a strong desire to rebel against the family norms and move quickly into adulthood. This transition and want for freedom can be a very powerful and frightening thing as there are evils in this world that cannot be explained. Most parents try to understand and give their teens certain freedoms, but at what expense. Joyce Oates gives us a chilly story about a teenager that wanted and craved this freedom of adulthood called “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”....   [tags: Carol Oates, teenage literature]
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"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" - Life is a path of accomplishments and achievements as well as distress and confrontations. It has its own ups and downs. But every human being lives it and has to live it as there is no other option. What we learn as we age making right choices and using the support that we have around, like our parents, grandparents, and friends makes us who we are. In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates, Connie is a typical human being who has to deal with all the situations that come in her life....   [tags: Literary Review] 1259 words
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Where Are You Going? - In the short story “Where Are You Going. Where Have You Been?”, by Joyce Carol Oates, the use of the symbolism of Connie’s clothes, her fascination with her beauty, Arnold Friend’s car and Arnold Friend himself help to understand the story’s theme of evil and manipulation. The story, peppered with underlying tones of evil, finds Oates writing about 15-year-old Connie, the protagonist of the story, a pretty girl who is a little too into her own attractiveness, which eventually gets her into trouble with a man named Arnold Friend....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Oates] 1048 words
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Where Are You Going? - Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” tells the tale of a fifteen year old girl named Connie living in the early 1960’s who is stalked and ultimately abducted by a man who calls himself Arnold Friend. The short story is based on a true event, but has been analyzed by many literary scholars and allegedly possesses numerous underlying themes. Two of the most popular interpretations of the story are that the entire scenario is only dreamt by Connie (Rubin, 58) and that the abductor is really the devil in disguise (Easterly, 537)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Joyce Carol Oates] 704 words
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates - Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates Is Arnold Friend the Devil in disguise in Joyce Carol Oates' short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" If one were to look at the facts surrounding the actual event this story was based on, any assumption that "Friend" was anything but a man would be thrown out due to logic. However, if one were to look at the story alone, he could concede that Friend is indeed the Devil or at least the Devil's angel. First, there is the physical description of Arnold Friend....   [tags: Papers Joyce Oates Going Essays]
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Carol Oats' Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? - The story "Where are You Going, Where Have You Been" written by Carol Oats is about a girl who flaunts her beauty which ultimately leads to her abduction. After the story is read the question is, was the author trying to show Connie's situation as fate or free will. The situation Connie got herself in was caused by free will. Connie's character played a big role in what ultimately happened to her. Connie's actions could give people bad ideas about her, and Connie does leave her house without physical force....   [tags: Carol Oats Where Going Been] 1108 words
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Joyce Carol Oates' Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? - Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Every person comes face to face at some point in life with vital decisions. Some of the decisions are minor ones, while others can bring turning points in life. In Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?' she displays a particular instant in the main character's life. This character, Connie was caught in the difficult transition from her youth and innocence to a doubtful future. Throughout the story Connie alternates between two very different sides of her personality, one side where she is innocent and young, and the other where she is mature....   [tags: Where Going Been Oates Joyce Essays]
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Joyce Carol Oates' Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? - Joyce Carol Oates' Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been.      Joyce Carol Oates was born in 1938 in Lockport, New York. She started writing very young and that the age of fifteen she submitted her first novel, but it was rejected for being 'too dark';. This style of writing is common on many of her works including 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?'; Oates graduated from Syracuse University and then went on to get her master's degree from the University of Wisconsin. Oates 'turned much often in her writing to everyday characters, which she often placed in situations that were both psychologically and socially terrifying.'; (Short Stories For Students 258) Where Are You Going, Whe...   [tags: Joyce Carol Oates Where Going Been Essays] 1540 words
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates - Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates In Joyce Carol Oates story, a teenage girl named Connie was stripped of her innocence. " Gonna get you baby"( 497).This chilling line is what the devil said to Connie the first time Connie came in contact with him which foreshadows of things to come. This one comment clearly points to a situation where Connie would be taken from a safe haven of innocence. She would be TAKEN, not simply invited. Connie was a regular teenage girl set in the 1960's who wanted to rebel against her parents and authority....   [tags: Papers Going Been Oates Essays Papers]
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The Yellow Wallpaper and Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been - Comparison of the characterization in "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" In the two short stories, "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates, the narrator of "The Yellow Wallpaper" and Connie from "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" both deal with some eerie situations. In "The Yellow Wallpaper" written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator suffers from nervous depression which causes her to stay locked in this room doing nothing active until she actually goes hopelessly insane....   [tags: comparison, characterizaton, literary analysis]
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Where Are You Going Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates - The decisions that you make throughout life can make or break you; you just have to make the right ones. In Joyce Carol Oates story “Where Are Your Going Where Have You Been?”, the main character is Connie. Connie had an older sister but she was nothing like her. Her older sister always pleased her mom, and Connie did not care. Connie and her friend hang out and go to the shopping center or the movies. One day they decided that instead of going to the mall they would go to the diner across the street....   [tags: Decisions, Literary Analysis]
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates - Identity is who you are, how people know you; it determines the group you belong in. Without identity, we would all be the same and it would be a pretty boring world. Dee in “Everyday Use” and Connie in “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” both face the struggle of trying to find their identity with escapism from their families, their image in society, and the new influences that enter their lives. Your image in society is a substantial part of your identity. Connie is constantly worried about her image and what other people think of her....   [tags: connie, identity, escapism]
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates - ... Connie dressed in a manner that everywhere she went eyes were dead set on her and here was no different when she walked in she oozed this sexual tension that men could see come off her across the room just as she wanted them to. A guy named Eddie came and sat next to her and offered her something to eat she brushed her friend to leave so she could be alone. “I just hate to leave her like that she says earnestly.” Knowing that she’s used to men do that too regularly. Eddie comes across so confidently and motions them to his car, and she follows getting the attention she always wanted as she gazes around at everyone she passes....   [tags: literary analysis] 1113 words
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Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" - “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been,” written by Joyce Carol Oates is an unsettling and incredibly formidable story of a young woman’s loss of innocence during a time of social change and turbulent times. The story’s protagonist is Connie, a self-absorbed, yet beautiful fifteen year old girl, who not only is at odds with her family but also the conservative values handed down by her family. She, unknowing to her parents, spends her evenings exploring her independence and individuality as well as by flirting and picking up boys at a local diner....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Criticisms of Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? By Joyce Oates - A short story by Joyce Carol Oates called “Where are you going, where have you been?” reflects the writer’s point of view of the way society looked to women in the sixties. The story takes place in the 1960’s when almost everything reached a turning point at that time. It talks about a teenager who wanted boys’ attention, but she ended up leaving her family house with a stranger. Connie represented most teenage girls, and their destiny at that time. The story can be looked at from many different points of view such as feminist, social, psychological and historical (Purdue (OWL))....   [tags: women in the sixties, teenage girls, destiny]
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Where are you Going? Where Have you Been? by Joyce Carol Oates - Where Are You Going, Where have you been. is a short story written by Joyce Carol Oates. The 75 year old American author and professor at Princeton University, introduce the story of 15 year old Connie who is rebelling against her mother’s whishes. A very arrogant and selfish girl that in her world the only thing that matters is how many heads she can turn when walking into a room. Through the story life gives her a test, to confront Arnold Friend, the antagonist of the story; who possesses a nefarious power beyond her own experience....   [tags: arrogance, Selfish, inmature]
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?, by Joyce Carol Oates - Woven into the twisted short story by Joyce Carol Oates “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” stands a figure of demonic proportions; a man whose mere presence develops into an ominous fear, bringing with him a thickness of anxiety and an eerie sense of premature death. While her parents are away on a Sunday afternoon, Connie is approached by a strange man named Arnold Friend who is determined to seduce her and steal her away. Rather than use force, Arnold Friend insinuates his way into Connie’s mind and subdues her vulnerable and emerging sexuality....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Devil Representation]
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Where are you Going, Where have you Been Analysis - The short story "Where are you going, where have you been?" by Joyce Carol Oates is full of symbolism that represents elements such as evil and loss of innocence. The symbolism is a crucial part of the story because it helps the reader to read between the lines and see beyond the obvious meanings of things. Some of the important symbols present in this story are Arnold's car, Arnold himself, and the doorway of Connie's family's house. One important symbol present in the story is Arnold's orange car....   [tags: joyce oates, evil, symbolism] 649 words
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Harvey's Dream and Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? - ... The man, Arnold Friend, is much older than Connie, and tells her she is his lover and he wants to take her for a drive in his gold car. Connie becomes frightened and tries to call the police, but the man threatens to hurt her family if she doesn’t obey him. The story ends with Connie’s realization that she will never see her family or home again, as she walks outside into the strange man’s arms. These two short stories have some interesting similarities. The themes both involve discontent with family members, ungratefulness, lack of acceptance of characters, poor family dynamics, and overall sadness....   [tags: short story analysis, Stephen King, Joyce Carol] 1723 words
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates - There are always two sides to every story. The short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”, by Joyce Carol Oates is a prefect example of just that. In this short story, the main character is a fifteen year old girl, named Connie. The young adolescent has two sides to herself; one when she is at home and one when she is out with her friends. When Connie is at home, she acts childlike. However, when she goes out she tries to act like an adult by changing her clothes and the way she talks....   [tags: connie, religion, teenage girl, devil, angel]
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been Analysis - Have you ever been so focused on achieving your dreams that you become unaware of your current situation. When we focus on the goals ahead of us, we fail to see the obstacles and dangers that are in front of us. In order to achieve our goals we involuntarily put ourselves in an unwanted situation. Connie, herself, struggles to achieve her goal of being a desirable girl that turns heads when she walks into the room. She becomes so set on being this girl that she doesn’t realize the danger of the situation....   [tags: joyce oates, eden garden, focus]
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The Characterizaion of Connie in Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? - The characterization of Connie in the short story, “Where Are You Going. Where have you been?” affects the theme of who is to blame for the kidnapping by portraying Connie as a pretty girl to into herself, a puerile teenager that cannot decide who to be, and a reluctant girl that ignores her mother. This characterization makes Connie seem immature. When Arnold gets to see Connie, the ignorance and immaturity of Connie gives Arnold Friend the perfect opening to abduct Connie. Connie is a pretty girl to into her own attractiveness that eventually gets her into trouble with a guy named Arnold....   [tags: character and literary analysis] 606 words
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Oates - For centuries, society has placed a remarkably large emphasis on protecting the young from the many perceived errors of growing up. Effective sex education is resisted in many locations across the country in favor of somewhat comical biblical suggestions for abstinence until marriage even while the majority of those targeted teens are viewing the world as a more and more sexual place. So many views are weaving in and out of teenagers' newly formed adolescent minds that any effective argument for responsible attitudes or analysis of sexual behavior in teens should be expressed with a certain minimal degree of clarity....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates - Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is a modern interpretation of the classic narrative of evil tempting innocence. Oates’ version of the devil allegory combines this Christian model of temptation with contemporary secular society. Connie is a pretty fifteen year-old girl, beginning the process of maturation into adulthood. She begins to become aware of her ability to act of her own volition, but her naivete renders her ignorant to Arnold Friend’s layers of deception....   [tags: Character Analysis, Blindness] 1146 words
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Grown by Not Really: Connie Naivety - ... Connie’s more mischievous side takes over when she is not under her mother’s prying eyes. “Everything about her had two sides to it, one for home and one for anywhere that was not home: her walk, which could be childlike and bobbing, or languid enough to make anyone think she was hearing music in her head...” (Oates). The description of Connie’s walk can be seen as the link into her subconscious. Unlike a model who struts with purpose and elegance, young Connie is carefree, but she still exudes callowness....   [tags: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been] 971 words
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Truth about a Girl - Throughout the story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oates, we see the story of a young girl named Connie who makes bad decisions in her life. She has a surplus of self-confidence that gets her in trouble within her life. Connie would do anything to impress boys with her looks and eventually it brought her to impress the wrong one. From this story using the idea of feminist criticism we can see that too much self-confidence can help lead to a false sense of security and lead to male dominance over a person....   [tags: Where are you Going Where Have you Been]
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The Transition from Childhood to Adulthood in Joyce Carol Oates' Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? - The Transition from Childhood to Adulthood in Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" All people experience changes in their life. Some of these changes are small such as the passing from one grade to another in school. Other changes are more intense, such as the transition from childhood to adulthood. In Joyce Carol Oates. ?Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?. Oates goes into depth regarding the transition from being a carefree, innocent child to adulthood. In the short story ?Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?....   [tags: Where Going Been Oats Joyce Essays Papers] 623 words
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What Exactly Are You Going to Do With and English Degree? - ... Some of us will be graduating soon, and you, like me, are likely terrified at this prospect. Some of you may be asking yourselves what the real world value is of the English major, not as a kind of theory driven study of the human condition, but rather as a means to achieve an economical end. But you have done right. You are here today as Officers and Members of this Honors Society, one which instills not only the value of reading and scholarship but also of the drive to achieve a higher GPA than what is required of you....   [tags: knowledge, empathy, education] 791 words
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been - "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" by Joyce Carol Oates “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”, is one of the many short stories written by Mrs. Joyce Carol Oates that has become highly recognized. It was inspired by a magazine story about a serial killer. It quickly it became very popular andwas even the basis for the 1985 hit movie, “SmoothTalk”. Like many other short stories and novels written by Joyce Carol Oates, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” is a story that is consumed by evil, the theme....   [tags: Joyce Carol Oates short stories]
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Where Are You Going, Where have you been? - Connie’s Decision Nobody really knows what the future holds. We all live day by day wondering what God’s will is for our lives. Yet we carry on and make decisions that may or may not shape what our lives turn out to be. In Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where are you going, Where have you been?,” we meet Connie, a fifteen year old beautiful girl. Connie like most teenagers is a little boy crazy and at times rebellious. She and some girlfriends would get together and go to a local drive-in restaurant where older kids would hang out....   [tags: essays research papers] 718 words
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? - Joyce Carol Oates' short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" written in the late sixties, reveals several explanations of its plot. The story revolves around a young girl being seduced, kidnapped, raped and then killed. The story is purposely vague and that may lead to different interpretations. Teenage sex is one way to look at it while drug use or the eerie thought that something supernatural may be happening may be another. The story combines elements of what everyone may have experienced as an adolescent mixed with the unexpected dangers of vanity, drugs, music and trust at an early age....   [tags: American Literature] 1230 words
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Where are you going - Where are you going, Where have you been. It can be argued that there are many different degrees of rape, and that in this story Connie may or may not have been raped. Rape can only be decided on a case-to-case basis, because even the most ordinary cases are not all same. In my mind it is clear that Connie was raped, because there is nothing normal about her situation, mainly because it’s not every day that the devil comes knocking at your door. Arnold Friend had ways of manipulating Connie’s mind that an ordinary human wouldn’t have been able to....   [tags: essays research papers] 532 words
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Comparing Where Are you going, Where Have You Been and Hills Like White Elephants - Authors of great stories often use good technical writing skills. The purpose of this essay is to compare and contrast two short stories: Where Are you going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates and Hills Like White Elephants by Earnest Hemingway. The comparison and contrast will be done based on their use of plot, point of view and character development. The short story where are you going, where have you been is about a teenage girl who is, vain, self-doubting and affixed in the present. She does not know anything about the past or doubts it and has no plan of the future....   [tags: Comparing and Contrasting]
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Character Analysis of Arnold Friend in Oates´ Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been - ... Even his boots do not fit him quite right as mentioned, “One of his boots was at a strange angle as if his foot wasn’t in it” (445), which could be in indication that perhaps he has hooves which is a common feature of demons and the devil. Everything about this man seems very off putting, which starts to frighten Connie. Perhaps this is why he brings Ellie along to sort of ease her. A well noted point mentioned by a high school teacher states, “Maybe he’s there because he is creepy, and Friend can use that creepiness to his advantage as if to say, “You don’t want to get him mad....   [tags: death, devil, kidnap, rape, message]
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? and How I Met My Husband - ... My throat was closed and I was like a deaf-and-dumb” (136). Munroe further exemplifies to the reader how young Edie is when the pilot’s fiancé arrives in town, and Edie lies awake in bed waiting for them to return together. Edie thinks about when she was younger, “Muriel Lowe and I used to sleep on her front veranda and watch her sister and her sister’s boy friend saying good night. Afterward we couldn’t get to sleep, for longing for somebody to kiss us and rub against us” (Munroe 140). As Edie watches the pilot—Chris—and his fiancé—Alice—simply walk in different directions, Munroe writes that Edie got back into bed and imagined her own goodbye with Chris, and how it wouldn’t be like the...   [tags: fantasy to reality] 990 words
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Analysis of Where are you Going, Where Have you Been? by Joyce Carol Oates - ... This makes Arnold become forceful and he threatens to harm her family if she calls the police. At the end, Connie does everything Arnold says and fall into his malice hands. I believe that the main character in this story, Connie, plays a big role in what ultimately happens to her because of the way she acts; the decisions she makes, and the things she dreams about. Connie plays a big role in everything Arnold does to her because of the way that she acts, talks and dresses. The narrator clearly describes Connie when she says, “Everything about her had two sides to it, one for home and one for anywhere that was not home” (452)....   [tags: Fantasy, Teenagers, Stranger]
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Arnold Friend Symbolizes the Devil in Where are you Going, Where Have you been? by Joyce Carol Oates - ... Maybe he was hiding his devil horns. Also when he was standing Connie had mentioned that “He was standing in a strange way, leaning back against the car as if he were balancing himself” (Oates 317). This could be because his feet are not feet but hooves, like the devil would have. Secondly, Arnold Friend knows a lot of information about Connie, her friends and family. It is strange that he could just stare off into space and know exactly what someone else is doing at the very moment in time....   [tags: satan, barbeque, stalker]
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