In the short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been,” Joyce Carol Oats uses characterization including methods such as symbolism and allusions to develop her characters, and thus establish her theme of the cross roads Connie faces in her transition from the innocence of her adolescence to the impurity of adulthood facilitated by the antagonist, Arnold Friend. From the beginning of the story, the reader sees Connie has a strong desire to make her early transition into adulthood. Although she in only 15, she acts like an adult as “everything about her had two sides to it, one for home, and one for anywhere that was not home” (Oats, pg 510). She frequently tests her limits by making her parents believe she was with her friend shopping or seeing a movie, however “sometimes they went across the highway, ducking fast across the busy road, to a drive-in restaurant where older kids hung out” (Oats, pg 510). There she met boys and eventually went out to their cars with them to engage in sexual activities. This shows how Connie, though only 15, wanted to experience adulthood behaviors. Oates also symbolically portrays the anxiety Connie feels in choosing between adolescence and adulthood by depicting her standing at the doorway when Arnold Friend arrives at her house. Connie, is nervous and reluctant to leave her home and her innocence, however she is curious and eager as she stands at the “doorway” to adulthood and the loss of innocence. Schulz and Rockwood say “Connie is ambivalent: she is both fascinated and frightened.. She is uncertain how to bridge the chasm between “home” and “anywhere that was not home,” she stands – or wavers – at the boundary between childhood and adulthood, hesitant and yet anxious to enter the new world of experience which is opening before her (Schulz and Rockwood pg 52).”
Connie’s false sense of adulthood is also made evident by her desire to always be in control and her disregard for the consequences of her premature actions. As
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, is one of Joyce Carol Oates best short stories. Oates shows the reader what it is like to take things for granted and make mistakes through the main character, Connie. Throughout this story, Connie finds her identity and grows as a woman. In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, Joyce Carol Oates shows us the struggle of a young woman dealing with her family, sexuality, and common mistakes that can be made….
advance our mentality. In Joyce Carol Oates'
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been." Connie, a
young teen is faced with a life changing experience,
forcing her to transform from a young teen to a young
adult. In John Updike's "A & P" Sammy chooses to put
himself in a tight situation only to loose his job,
trying to be heroic to three young girls and failed,
as a result of his child-like decision. "Where Are
You Going, Where Have You Been" is an exceptional
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that not everything in the world is the way it was thought to be, the world crumbles into pieces, but how does it happen? Joyce Carol Oates portrays an amazing detailed moment of theft of chastity, or at least what is left of it, in "Where Are You Going, Where have You Been?" With symbolic imagery, major bibliomancy, and extreme personal conflict Oates easily manages to get her point across of the complete loss of innocence.
A constant image that is brought to the reader’s creative thoughts is colors….
adulthood is frustrating and confusing, and in most adolescents, is filled with apprehension and anxiety. For the protagonist Connie, this distress is expressed in her dreamlike encounter with Arnold Friend. In the short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?,” Joyce Carol Oates used the interaction between her two main character, to reveal the internal fear and conflict of a fifteen year old girl maturing into a young woman.
Oates chooses narrate her story in the third person giving….
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
Music is one of the symbols mentioned in this story. The author mentions the music played in everywhere in the story. The author says that "The Music was always in the background". The music comes from restaurants, homes and cars. Music symbolizes the feeling and the emotions of the characters. For example, music for Connie is a pattern for romantic relationship. When she is happy, she hears music in everywhere. On the other hand, when she is sad, she….
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
By Joyce Carol Oates
A short story titled "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" tells a tale of an adolescent girl who suffers consequences of growing up in the unsupportive environment and the society preoccupied by the media. It is considered to be the most famous work of Joyce Carol Oates, an American writer, the winner of many significant literary awards and a two- time candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The story was first….
Oates "Where are you going, Where have you been?" is one that has had many interpretations over there years, by many literary critics and readers alike, generating a vast list of themes and meanings to the story. Some have declared the story to be a "feminist allegory," while others argue that one of the main characters, Arnold, is a "savior" or "messiah figure," as popular figures during the 1960's were to young girls like Connie, the main character. Though many interpretations have been made,….
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Paper
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is a short story that poses many questions centered around the protagonist, Connie and the antagonist Arnold Friend and his “comrade” Ellie. The fate of Connie at the end of the story is still up for debate after all these years after the story was published in 1966. The main question posed is who actually is Arnold Friend? Is he the devil or something else? The answer may never be fully known but in….
The Devil's Favorite Sin: Vanity
In "Where are You Going, Where Have you Been?" Joyce Carol Oates uses an allegorical figure of evil to illustrate the theme of temptation. Oates alludes to hell through the character Arnold Friend, as the devil, and his victim Connie, who invites him in by committing one of the devil's favorites sins: vanity.
The narrator implies that Arnold Friend is Satan by giving certain clues that the reader can easily deduce. The name that Oates gives to the character….
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
Connie has been living….