Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

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Tabatha Nance
English 102. Davis B13
Short Story Essay
October 11, 2012
There are all types of criminals in this world and there have been for years that it really doesn’t matter the time period. There can be such a thing as a frightening criminal and one who is not. One can be a psycho path, the other a sociopath, but can one be normal? Mary Flannery O’Connor’s story “A Good Man is hard to Find” is about a family who goes on a vacation, get in an accident and is murdered while asking for help. Joyce Carol Oates story “Where are you going, where have you been?” is a story about a young girl who is lured in by a strange man who will be forced to feel “his love”. Although these are two different criminals, they both have tactics that make them similar such as appearance, speech and their actual crimes.

When The Misfit is introduced to the family after their accident, his appearance is one that stands out. He has no disguise, yet he does not look normal. O’Connor writes “He was an older man than the other two. His hair was just beginning to gray and he wore silver rimmed spectacles that gave him a scholarly look. He had a long creased face and didn’t have on any shirt or undershirt. He had on blue jeans that were too tight for him and was holding a black hat and a gun” (411). The Grandmother instantly recognized him after seeing his appearance. Although the Grandmother noticed his appearance, The Misfit continued to be honest with who he was. This short story was written in 1955, it can be said that in 1955 it was rare that a man was seen was with his shirt off outside of his house, plus the way O’Connor describes the tightness of his blue jeans, it can be said that those weren’t his clothes to begin with. The Misfit also had two apprentices, O’Connor writes “One was a fat boy in black trousers and a red sweatshirt with a silver stallion embossed on the front of it. The other had on khaki pants and a blue striped coat and a gray hat pulled down very low,...
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