All people experiences changes in their life. Some of these changes are small such as the passing from one grade to another in school. Other changes are more intense, such as the transition from childhood to adulthood. In Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Oates goes into depth regarding the transition from being a carefree, innocent child to adulthood. In the short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" two separate worlds are drawn to the reader's attention. The first is the normal daily life of Connie, a fifteen year old girl living in a home with her parents. Connie's daily life is simple childhood. The second is the day Arnold Friend shows up at her doorstep and brings with him the difficulties of what the future holds. Connie is described as being an attractive fifteen year old girl whose actions are stereotypical of what one might expect from a girl her age. She spends her time listening to music, shopping, daydreaming, having fun, and trying to meet boys. Her friends share the same interests and when they are together they, "would lean together and whisper and laugh secretly". ( ) Connie puts on two different shows, one to her friends and a completely separate one to her family. "Everything about her had two sides to it, one for home and one for anywhere that was not home."( ) Connie does not show any real affection for her family. She lies to her mother about who her friends are and what she does with them. She presents her family in such a way that one might suspect that they were an embarrassment to her. Physical appearance was one thing that Connie was obsessed with her own. Connie lives a life where she daydreams about boys. Her mother tries to keep her head out of the clouds, telling her "her mind was all filled with trashy daydreams."( ) Connie's world is invaded the day that Arnold Friend pulls up in her driveway. Even before Friend shows up, Connie has an
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….
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….