Accomplished Desires By Joyce Carol Oates Essays and Term Papers

  • Where Are You Going Connie?

    Where Are You Going, Connie? For the most part of Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where are you going, Where have you been?”, Connie has been portrayed as a rebel of an adolescent. She hates staying home; she belittles her sister, criticizes her mother and is obsessed with the idea of romance and sex. Her attractive...

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  • Coming of Age

    Kelly Kudla 03/26/2012 Mr. Anderson ESSAY #1 The Coming of Age in Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Joyce Carol Oates’s 1966 “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is a devilishly dark tale that portrays the temptation of evil in its purest form. This story describes...

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  • Gothic

    Oates short stories usually follow young characters through their struggles in life. There are many family imperfections in Oates stories that mostly tend to have a disturbing image in the readers head. While it seemed that Joyce Carol Oates experienced dark childhood experiences, she seems to explore...

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  • Joyce Carol Oates

    Catalina Pension Mrs. Wall English 1102 21 April 2011 Joyce Carol Oates uses characterization and the coming of age effectively in “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”, “Four Summers”, and “The Girl with the Blackened Eye”. She uses it to connect the three stories to each other. Connie and...

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  • Arnold Friend or Arnold Foe

    Professor Hauth-Forgie English 102 19 February 2014 Arnold Friend or Arnold Foe ‘Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?’, a short story by Joyce Carol Oates, takes place in the mid-sixties and revolves around two central characters, Connie and Arnold Friend, who mysteriously appears at Connie’s home...

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  • Where Are You Going, Where Hav

    Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Joyce Carol Oates was born in 1938 in Lockport, New York. She started writing very young and that the age of fifteen she submitted her first novel, but it was rejected for being “too dark”. This style of writing is common on many of her works...

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  • The Masks We Wear

    cover or partial cover for the face used for disguise; something that serves to conceal or disguise” (Webster-online).  Perhaps this is what Joyce Carol Oates was thinking about when she wrote “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Maybe Angela Carter was thinking about different masks that people...

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  • Joyce Carol Oates

    In Joyce Carol Oates story, "Where Are You Going Where Have You Been?" there are two main characters in the story one of them is Connie. She was a naïve fifteen year old teenage girl, and the other character is a psychopath named Arnold Friend. Connie is a typical teenager she hangs out with her friends...

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  • Where Are You Going Where Have You Been

    Where are you going, where have you been? The story “Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates, the persona Arnold friend can decisively be interpreted into immeasurable characters. However, Arnold friend is certainly a figure of evil or the devil in disguise for the reason that...

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  • "Shopping" by Joyce Carol Oates

    between Nola and her mother Mrs. Dietrich, characters in “Shopping by Joyce Carol Oates. Nola is obviously trying to spread her wings and fly into a young woman, however; Mrs. Dietrich is having a really hard time letting her go. In Oates short story one is exposed to the hardship that a mother has in watching...

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  • Joyce Carol Oates Biography

    Cato Joyce Carol Oates: Biography Joyce Carol Oates was born on June 16, 1938, in Lockport, New York, the oldest of Frederic and Caroline Oates's three children. The family lived on a farm owned by Caroline's parents. Joyce's father was a tool designer, and her mother was a housewife. Oates was a serious...

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  • Analysis of “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

    Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates In 1966, Joyce Carol Oates published her short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”. Oates was inspired to write this story after reading about a serial killer that was referred to as “The Pied Piper of Tucson”. Oates was disturbed by the number...

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  • Fantasy Vs. Reality Where are you going, Where have you been

    Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates has a constant theme of reality and fantasy running parallel for 15 year old Connie. This short story begins with a description of Connie’s vain personality. The narrator describes her as pretty and self-centered (Oates 421). To emphasize her selfishness...

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  • Where are you going Where have you been

    Anthony Szwak When Joyce Carol Oates wrote "Where Are You Going, Where HaveYou Been?" in 1966, Connie, her protagonist, was fifteen years old. That means she would have reached fifty by now, an appropriate milestone to warrant re-examining her life and the story. In it, Oates shares with us one baby...

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  • Human sexuality in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"

    man and woman considered her amble bottom to be the epiphany of today’s sexual desires. Human sexuality can benefit the person using their sexuality to gain control or it can lead to dangerous situations; Joyce Carol Oates illustrates the dangers of sexuality in her short story, “Where Are You Going,...

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  • Adolescent Betrayal of Innocence

    Emily Cook Adolescent Betrayal of Innocence “Where are you Going, Where Have You Been” is a short story by Joyce Carol Oates, about a young girl standing at the brink of adulthood, caught between childhood and adolescence. The story outlines a tragedy that begins with innocence and ends...

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  • Men and Motherhood in Sylvia Plath's "Sow"

    classified as a confessional poet, meaning she resolves some sort of guilt and uses extreme personality to explain life experiences in dramatic ways. Joyce Carol Oates comments, "[Her poems] have that exquisite, heart-breaking quality about them that has made Syliva Plath our acknowledged Queen of Sorrows, the...

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  • All Good Things Must Come to an End

    opportunity to read works from many different genres, time periods, and styles of writing. Some of which, like Emily Dickinson’s Life I and Life XLIII, Joyce Carol Oates’ Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?, and Sherman Alexie’s What You Pawn I Will Redeem I thoroughly enjoyed and learned from. While others...

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  • Connie

    Marsha Kersaint LIT 4/28/13 “Where are you going, Where have you been?” "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" by Joyce Carol Oates is a maturation story illustrating a loss of innocence through the main character, Connie, whose rebellious choices propel her toward the dangers of the adult world ...

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  • Critique on Movies

    the summer of 1965 in Tucson, Arizona a handful of young girls fell victim to a murderous man names, Charles Schmid. An author by the name of Joyce Carol Oates wrote a colorful short story her junior year of college amplifying the realistic nature of these massacres. This profound piece of literature...

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