Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates

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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. In conflict with Connie is the character Arnold Friend, the devil. To her, he is everything she wants, he is a manifestation of her own desires and is appealing to her. But behind this "mask" he is portraying he has other intentions than he is letting on. Along with Arnold Friend is his advocate, Ellie, who helps Arnold with his plans for Connie. This story branches off into the supernatural with the question of whether or not Connie gives into the devil's temptation willingly. Many believe that the devil cannot come to take you, but instead, you must give in to him. Connie does just that. Oates is showing in "Where are you going, where have you been" Connie's innocence vs. Arnold Friends corruption and evil nature. Arnold Friend had ways of manipulating Connie's mind that an ordinary human wouldn't have been able to. This stranger with shaggy black hair introduced himself as Arnold Friend, but as irony would have it, he would turn out to be just the opposite of a friend. Arnold is the mental projection of a modern day Satan, dressed just as Connie liked. Ellie could be ... ... middle of paper ... ...er by Arnold. Arnold's emotional and evil spiritual control over Connie made her do something she would have never regularly done. Works Cited Kirsner, Laurie G. , and Stephen R. Mandell, eds. Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. 5th ed. Boston: Heinle, 2004. Oates, Joyce Carol. "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Kirszner and Mandell 495-507. Schulz, Gretchen, and R.J.R. Rockwood. "In Fairyland, without a Map: Connie's Exploration Inward in Joyce Carol Oate's 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?'" Kirszner and Mandell 512-15. Slimp, Stephen. From" Oates 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?'" Kirszner and Mandell 522-24. Tierce, Mike, and John Michael Crafton. "Connie's Tambourine Man: A New Reading of Arnold Friend." Kirszner and Mandell 515-18
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