Analysis Of Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been By Joyce Carol Oates

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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. She majored in English, and after finishing her Bachelor’s degree she persuaded her Master’s from the University of Wisconsin and finished that in one year. She is known as a short-story writer, essayist and American novelist famous for her endless scholarly output in a variety of styles and expressions. The story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” was written in 1966 (“Joyce Carol Oates”).
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is a short story written in third person. It expresses several emotions and thoughts that run through a person’s mind after reading this story. The story takes reader on a journey of 1960s where it describes the boldness of the teenager girl, movie theaters, shopping malls, ranch-style homes, and drive-in restaurants. The setting of this story seems like a classical American countryside in today’s society. In which Oates is describing life of a girl, who don’t have a good reputation in her family and always cursed by her mother for not helping her and not even doing her own work. But at the end of the story she did a great job by sacrificing herself for her family, so that they would remain unharmed.
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...end, when Arnold insist Connie for a ride and threatens to harm her family and if she rejects. The ending of the story was based on Connie’s decision and she accepted to go with Arnold “Connie steps outside” (Oates 80). She has nothing else to do at that time because she doesn’t want Arnold to harm her family that’s why she has to sacrifice for her family.
After reading this short story, the reader gets an idea of the life of Connie that she’s not the only one to blame. She became different person to her family than to the world. It’s kind of her mother’s fault too because she never talks to Connie nicely. That’s why she doesn’t like to spend time with her family and mostly hang out with friends or rather choose to stay home then to go out with them. This writing is unique in its own way, which convey us the message of the importance of spending time with family.
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