Joyce Carol Oates Analysis

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One of the American prolific and versatile latest writers, Joyce Carol Oates focuses on the spiritual, sexual, and intellectual decline of modern American society. Joyce Carol Oates born on June 16, 1938, in Lockport, New York. She is the oldest daughter of Fredric and Caroline Oates’s children and is the only child in the family that taken reading and study seriously. She can tell a story by drawing the picture even before she knows how to write. Oates studied English at Syracuse University and earned her Bachelor degree in 1960 and the Master degree in the University of Wisconsin in 1961. Besides fiction, poetry, and short stories, Oates also wrote mysteries under Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly. Her characterizes individual of American who had been through a lot of experiences, and pressure that had gone beyond their control. Her novels mixed with realistic of what happens in everyday life and how violence and cruel is in modern society. “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is considered one of Oates’s famous works which was published in the literary journal Epoch in 1966. The main purpose of this story, like many of her short stories, is about main female character struggling with minority who finds herself in a dangerous situation, and she cannot get help from anyone. The story is about Connie, a rebellious fifteen-year-old girl, who lack of maturity and has no relationship with her family, and she always has conflict with her mother. Moreover, she always seeks out company of young man to flirts around with, her behavior had drawn Arnold’s attention. From the beginning of the story, she used her beauty to play everyone and did not think of the consequences that one day she will get herself into trouble that it will ... ... middle of paper ... ...a convertible, jalopy golden to see Connie. Arnold and his friend drive the car to her house, he tries to talk nice to her at first, but she did not want to go out with him and refuses every option that he could think of. He first talks nice to her, then when she keeps refuse him, he tries to threaten her when she tries to call the police. “It’s all over for you here, so come on out. You don’t want your people in any trouble, do you?” (136) Joyce Carol Oates, the author, expresses the lives of her character and gives the readers the ideas of how Connie related to troubled youth, unenlightened humanity in real life. Connie always believes that life and love will be just like what she saws on TV or heard in the songs that live on radio. Those believe had put her into harm and unable to escape, and later, she realizes that the world around her is not what she imagines.
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