Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

2257 Words Mar 31st, 2016 10 Pages
The short stories “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates and “The lottery” Shirley Jackson both explore deception by concealing the true reality of the situation and then slowly revealing information to surprise the reader. “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” explores the ideas of violence, sexuality and family, which all slowly emerge as the protagonist slowly finds out the trickery of a mysterious man she just met. On the other hand, “The Lottery” also advocates deception, but not to the characters, but rather to the reader as the entire story seems to take place in a calm and generic small American town until the reader finds out what the villagers really do in the “Lottery”. “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and “The Lottery” both use sophisticated and unique techniques in similar and contrasting ways to perplex both the reader and the characters in the stories. In a nutshell, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” is a nod towards the teenage rebellion and the growing freedom and independence of women in the 1960s. A defiant and flirty 15-year-old Connie challenges the social norms of women in the 1960s by meeting other teenage boys and taking the role of the “man of the house” since her father seems to always be away at work: Their father was away at work most of the time. [...] He didn 't bother talking much to them. (Oates 3) Because of the lack of interaction with her father, the only other males…
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