Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?

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Charles Howard Schmid, Jr. also known as "The Pied Piper of Tucson," was an American serial killer. In the story, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates, the character Arnold Friend was based on the serial killer in which Connie was one of the many victims he had abducted. There are many possibilities on how the author intends the readers to understand it. Such as, it could be a dream that Connie is having, in all actuality it could be real; it could send a message to young women, or it becomes a nightmare when he comes as a demonic figure.

Connie has been living this fantasy like existence until she encounters Arnold Friend.  She is pretty, well-liked, and has been able to seduce any boy she wants. While, “gawking at herself” she lives in a world that she believes centers around her (Oates1).  When Arnold Friend comes to her home, this world is suddenly shattered, and Connie is in shock and in disbelief. If one notices her actions, she moves slowly, as if she cannot believe she is in this situation, it is as if she believes she might be in a dream and that she will wake up soon but there are many indications in which It actually could be dream or could not. For example, nights like any other,

Connie goes out with her friends around some familiar sights. A boy named Eddie came to scoop Connie up, and she was nothing less than thrilled. While on their way to hang out for a bit, her eyes start to wander like a kid in a candy store. Connie’s eyes lay upon a man who is just looking no way but hers. “He waged a finger and laughed and said, Gonna get you, baby”(Oates2). Connie took it as nothing and kept on with her date. If this story were a dream, why is it so descriptive? Usually, dreams tend to be broad and scattered. Although there aren’t many reasons to show evidence that it is not a dream there is much evidence showing it could be a dream.

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