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Joyce Carol Oates

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 the girl in “The Girl with the Blackened Eye” are connected because they were both violated by a man. Connie and Sissie were both connected because they were both influenced by their families’ ways on how they lived their lives. Joyce Carol Oates is noted...

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"Shopping" by Joyce Carol Oates

and heartaches, but then there is always the plus size of love and rewards. This is no exception 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 her daughter transition from a girl into a young woman. The shopping trip allows Mrs. Dietrich...

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Joyce Carol Oates Outline

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. B. Although it was only hinted at, her belief in obedience was rooted deep in her stories. II. Oates farm-life, small town upbringing taught her not to stray from the strict discipline she lived by...

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Joyce Carol Oates

focal point of Joyce Carol Oates short story “Where are you going? Where have you been?” featuring the main protagonist, Connie. Connie is forced to face the ordeal of becoming an adult at the age of fifteen in a matter of minutes. She spurns her parents in an effort to be rebellious, she goes out at night with her friends in search of young boys, and she is confronted with making a life altering decision by the end of the story. A clear example of the loss of innocence in Oates short story is...

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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 going to the mall and movies, just basically out having fun without a care in the world. Arnold is a psychopath who appears to be like any human. In many cases, one would not be able to...

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"Shopping" Joyce Carol Oates

Analysis 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 hardships that come along the road of motherhood. The turbulence in Nola and Mrs. Dietrich relationship is shown during their shopping trip to the mall where Nola hardly speaks to her mother. Mrs. Dietrich refuses...

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Joyce Carol Oates Stories

John Paul English 102 Scott Covell 3/12/2013 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 reader," “Dream Catcher” "Schroeder's Stepfather," and a story with only a censor's black box as a title all deal with familial abuse and varying levels of redemption and retribution In the story ‘ Schroeder’s...

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Joyce Carol Oates

English 126 29 November 2012 Joyce Carol Oates, The Author of "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Many critics have found that the possibility of the psychological changes of a teenager is a discussable topic to learn and argue about. Connie, the young teenage girl in the story of “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” faces an unpredictably-dangerous...

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Postmodernism and Joyce Carol Oates

Postmodernism For my short essay I will focus on a postmodern reading of Joyce Carol Oates, "How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House of Corrections and Began My Life Over Again." More precisely, as a postmodern text. Postmodernism refers to texts that reject coherence in a narrative, objective truth, and show doubts about the reliability of language to communicate. Postmodern techniques that are evident in Oates story were fragmented narrative, disrupted time sequence, disunified subject...

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Analysis of Tusk by Joyce Carol Oates

Tusk 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 school. Already in the first sentence of the story, it pulls the reader in and reeks of something wrong and something exciting. “As the knife fitted into Tusk’s hand, an idea fitted into his head”[1] ...

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