The Yellow Wallpaper and Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been

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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. The short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" written by Joyce Carol Oates, Connie deals with a stranger named Arnold Friend and he sees Connie outside of the movie theatre and he actually ends up going to her house and he knows everything about her and her family. Due to the characterization of the two stories, Connie and the Narrator both end up making these two different stories very similar because of how creepy each person makes their life seem.

One way that, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", is a perculiar story is how at Connies house, Connie tells him again to leave and then she fear strikes her as she grows a little dizzy when Arnold Friend begins to tell Connie where they are and what they are doing at that exact and precise moment. She gets very nervous when he tells her that he knows that they are at the barbeque at their neighbors house. Hearing this information and everything that this man knows, Connie grows extremely horrified, but also very fascinated by his precise description of what was happening. Connie wants to go into the house because Arnold Friend moves closer towards the porch ...

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...Also in, "The Yellow Wallpaper", the narrator gets so loneley and so freaked out about what is happening in the wallpaper in her room that she actually goes insane. She tears everything down and she even bites it. She thinks that there are other people that have smudged the wallpaper when in reality it was her and now she is actually the trapped woman. This is how these two stories relate by the characteization of the authors by them both making their stories disturbing in different ways.

Work Cited:

Oates, Joyce Carol. “University of San Francisco (USF) -”Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” University of San Francisco (USF). Web. 14 Dec. 2011. .

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