Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been

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Innocence

Innocence is a part of a humans life and it is up to the persons decisions to find out whether or not its going to affect there future. In some people views in innocence is freedom from sin, moral wrong, or guilt through lack of knowledge of evil. At some point in everyone’s life they will eventually lose there innocence, it just depends on the choices they have made. In Joyce Carol Oates “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been.” She uses characterization and imagery to show how Connie is dealing with the loss of her innocence

Oates characterization of Arnold Friend shows how Connie’s perspective of Arnold and his looks leads to the deception of who he really is. Connie was at home alone one day and a car pulled into her drive way that she didn’t know, and it happened to be a man named Arnold. Arnold was a very charming type of guy so Connie couldn’t resist from talking to him. Connie kept looking at him because she thought he looked familiar like she’s seen him .or talked to him before. As she was examining him she liked the way he dressed. He was wearing tight scuffed jeans, scuffed up boots; a tight white shirt to show off how muscular he was even his neck was really muscular as a result of doing hard labor or lifting. Connie was comparing him to the perfect guys she would hear about in the songs she listened to on her radio and because she was still young she had the temptation to have this guy. As Connie is one of those girls who is always looking in the mirror and making sure she looks alright her temptation to having a guy like the ones on the radio couldn’t let this one get away. “ I took a special interest in you, such a pretty girl, and found out all about you-like I know your parents and sister are gone somewhere and I know were and how long they will be gone, and I know who you were with last night, and your best friends name is Betty right? He spoke in a simple lilting voice, exactly as if he were reciting the words to a song. His...
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