Summary Of ' Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

854 Words4 Pages
Summary: According to Barstow, Connie represents American innocence and powerlessness. Connie has a hard time defending herself against Arnold Friend because of her lack of knowledge and the impact of American culture. The mother-daughter relationship plays a significant role in the story because had Connie and her mother communicated better, Connie, who is still a child, would have be protected from the evil of the world. Barstow also points out that the modern American is unable to distinguish evil from good. Evaluation: This article is useful to me because Barstow effectively shows the theme of loss innocence by using thorough examples to show Connie’s carelessness. Barstow seems to enjoy Oates’ use of childish aspirations, violence, and suspense and relates most of her main points in the article to these ideas. The way she expresses these ideas are very clever and she helps show deeper meaning. 2. Caldwell, Tracy M. "Joyce Carol Oates ' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?." Literary Contexts In Short Stories: Joyce Carol Oates 's 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? ' (2006): 1-8. Literary Reference Center. Web. 16 Apr. 2015. Summary: Caldwell discusses in the article the symbols, historical context, and societal context of Oates’ story. She breaks down the questions in the title and relates them to a parent questioning their child. Caldwell shares Oates’ inspiration for her story by telling about ‘The Pied Piper of Tuscan.’ She then describes how Oates
Open Document