Analysis Of Where Are You Going

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An unstable home filled with broken relationships is like a shattered glass it can never be the same again because the damage is already done. Author Joyce Carol Oates portrays this in her short story “Where are you going. Where have you been?” The main character of the short story feeds off her broken home. Her family household situation motivates her to be a rebel. She ends up making so decisions that will change her life in a negative way. In the story “Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?’ Connie does not have a good relationship with her relatives. Her family relationship is unhealthy. Her mother says demeaning things to her like “Stop gawking at yourself, who are you? You think you’re so pretty?” (Oates qtd. in Kirszner and Mandell, 453 ). Or…show more content…
The mysterious Arnold Friend goes to Connie’s house. He tries to convince Connie to take a ride in his car. Most people will deny the offer, but seeing as though Connie is unruly, she is easily persuaded by Arnold . Arnold deceives Connie with his charm and ride. He takes her to a place where she does not know. We find that Mr. Friend is not so friendly, but a sick soul with a loose tongue. In addition to this I agree with author Christina Marsden Gills of “Short Story Criticism, vol.6” when she explains that: “women are vulnerable to seduction, and of course rape, Susan Brownmiller has reminded us, for what at first may be seen as purely physiological reasons; and there is little doubt of physical violence when Arnold Friend croons to Connie, ‘ I’ll come inside you where it’s all secret’;but the seduction motif functions so successfully in ‘where are you going’ because the delineation of interior space figured in the female body analogizes invasion at several levels: the domestic space, the state of the childhood associated with the home, and the of course, the individual

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