Joyce Carol Oates’ “Life After High School” is a story of the evolution of two dynamic characters, Sunny and Zachary. Both figuratively wear masks in the beginning of the story which they eventually struggle to hang on to and eventually shed.
A theme of the story is the societal stand
"The greatest trick the devil pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist"
"The spirit that I have seen may be a Devil, and the Devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape [ ] as he is very potent with such spirits, abuses me to damn me" (William Shakespeare). The Devil has be
An Ethical Origin
Writers have always drawn inspiration from real events for their stories. Joyce Carol Oates is now being criticized as unethical for just that. The critics claim that it was not ethical for Oates to use the events that befell John Fiocco Jr. in her story "Landfill", and also for
Love of a Mother
The relationship between a mother and daughter may be very difficult. Today modern women live different lives then a long time ago. A lot of women are single parents and hold a career, therefore making the job of a mother very difficult. There are many complication
It is almost disheartening to watch a child’s loss of innocence as it grows into adolescence. To know this is to observe as a child discovers that Santa Claus and the Easter bunny aren’t real, or for a parent to watch as their son or daughter make life changing decisions. Decisions like which
A relationship between a mother and daughter may not be perfect at all times. There are many things that can make the job of being a mother tough and one of them is being a single mother. In the short story, “Shopping” by Joyce Carol Oates there is no exception to modern day hardshi
How Joyce Carol Oates Life Affected her Work
I. The novels "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" and "Life After High School" relayed Joyce Carol Oates belief that straying from a sheltered life leads to a ruined one.
A. Her works delayed this theme through connotation.
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 oth
By Joyce Carol Oates
Abnormal and captivating. These would be some of the keywords of the essay Tusk by Joyce Carol Oates. It tells the story of a young boy named Roland Landrau, but he addresses himself as Tusk. Tusk is somewhat Roland’s alter-ego where he in his mind is the cool guy at
Joyce Carol Oates’ story, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is initially about a teen (Connie) who is going through the beginning phases of teen life, playing into the stereotype of an image-conscious teen. She is recalcitrant with her parents, sneaks off to start hanging out with bo
Instructor Emily Plicka
6, October 2012
In Joyce Carol Oates’ story “Golden Gloves”, it is about the growth of a boy to becoming a man. This boy who was a born with deformed feet, he had couldn’t walk until 3 years old. His dad was a little shameful of him being ha
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. Oat
Joyce Carol Oates:
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
• rebels/“bad boys” throughout the generations (music, movies)
• secret desire/wish/fantasy with which you surprisingly came face-to-face.
• Teenagers: behaviors, role models, sexuality, malls
It Isn’t Strangers Who Break Our Hearts; it’s the One’s Who Say They Love Us.
The females and males characters in Joyce Carol Oates stories often show raw and real emotions of real life acts that can bring up those same emotions in the rea
The highly prolific writer, Joyce Carol Oates has become known as “the invisible author” due to her success of staying out of the spotlight. Rather than get involved with the media, Oates concentrated on her writing, leaving little to be known about her life. However, dozens of...
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”
By Joyce Carol Oates
There are things that happen when we are growing up that change us when we are grown. There are things that change us forever. Every human being is different, and there is a reason why . All of us had a...
September 18th, 2011
Oates, Joyce Carol. "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
Literature and Ourselves, 6th edition
Gloria Mason Henderson, Anna Dunlap Higgins,
Bill Day, Sandra Stevenson Waller. New York: Pearson, 2009. 106-120
What will happen to you?
Every person comes face to face at some point in life with vital decisions. Some of the decisions are minor ones, while others can bring turning points in life. In Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" she displays a particular instant in the main
Dr. D. Roemer
“Lost Little Girl”
Because the world is not what it seems to be, you have to be careful, especially when you are young. Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” tells us a