The decline of the societal and cultural values during 1960s can be seen through Joyce Carol Oates’, “Where are you going, Where have you been?” The story, which narrates the fatal destiny of fifteen year old Connie, shows the rise of a pop-culture/music guided society, it also shows the rise of the sexual revolution and the disregard for women, and the negligence of parents at the time. In the story the devil is represented by ARNOLD FRIEND, who at the end of the story seduces Connie into her own doom. Connie meets Friend at a fly-infested restaurant, fly-infested symbolizing lack of morality. Music was a huge part of the story. Happiness would not come to Connie by spending time with her family, or by going out her friends, happiness only came to Connie when she heard “the” music. An example of this can be found when Connie was leaving with Eddie, “her face gleaming with joy that had nothing to do with Eddie or even this place; it might have been the music.” Carol Oates tries to show that Arnold, the devil or evil, used the music to invade Connie’s life. Through out the story, Arnold used riming and used phrases used in songs of the time. As in when he called Connie “My sweet little blue-eyed girl,” making reference to Bob Dylan’s song. The character Ellie Oscar, Arnold’s companion, makes reference to the rise in importance of the pop-culture. The name Ellie signifies the popular singer Elvis Presley, and Oscar a connection to the highest award possible in the pop-culture world. The sexual context of the story suggests the negative criticism of Oates towards the sexual revolution. One of the characters in the story is Pettinger girl, whose name includes the word petting, referring to the touching between people that causes sexual pleasure. The number code on Arnold’s car, 33 19 17, when added gives the number 69 which is a sexual connotation. The phrase “hot-dogs cooked out bursting” is also a sexual connotation. The writing on the left rear fender had
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….
As a child we often fantasize about finally obtaining freedom in adulthood, but often find the realities of adulthood shatter these childhood dreams. The journey between childhood and 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….
"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….
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
example of a coming-of-age….
"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….
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,….
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….
“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….
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….