Comparing A & P And Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been By Joyce Carol Oates Essay

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Comparing and Contrasting of Coming of Age Stories Throughout the short stories, “A&P” by John Updike and “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oates there are a various number of similarities and differences between the two. Both Updike and Oates short stories focused on the sexuality of younger girls and force the main characters to make a life changing decision. Leaving their innocence behind, whether they like it or not, by the end of the stories, Sammy and Connie have come into adulthood. Throughout comparing and contrasting the stories point of view, main characters, parent involvement, antagonists, and ending of the stories, you’ll come to see that they are coming of age stories. Both John Updike’s and Joyce Carol Oates’ short stories were published in the 1960’s and focused on the transitional period of the main characters. While “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” had multiple settings, the main climax took part at Connie’s home, and in, “A&P”, the whole story took place at the supermarket. While “A&P” was told in first person, through Sammy’s eyes, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” was told by an outside view in third person. Although the point of views are different, they both helped the reader understand the text thoroughly. Without “A&P” being told through Sammy eyes, the reader wouldn’t to be able to understand his obsession with the girls as they walk through the store and why in the end he quit his job. The third
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