Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

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Joyce Carol Oates: Where are you going, Where have you been?” The story “Where are you going, Where have you been?” is about a fifteen year old girl Connie. Connie is like any other teenage girl acting more grown up that she really is. She is obsessed with her look and with boys. “She was fifteen and she had a quick nervous giggling habit of craning her neck to glance into mirrors, or checking other people’s faces to make sure her won was all right”(323). Teenagers are into their appearance and impressing others. This story is one that can show the dangers of being a teen who wants to be too grown. The story uses both foreshadowing and symbolism as literary devices. It gives off a message of the danger teenagers may face when attempting to be older than what they really are. Connie hangs out with her friends at the mall, but sometimes they sneak off to a restaurant where the older kids are. “Sometimes they did go shopping or to a movie, but sometimes they went across the highway, ducking fast across the busy road, to a drive-in restaurant where older kids hung out”(324). One time when they go to this restaurant she see’s a man who grabs her attention. “He stared at her and then his lips widened into a grin.”(325) She couldn’t help but glance back to see if he was watching and he was. “He wagged a finger and laughed and said, “Gonna get you baby,”(325). This part of the story is what foreshadows the ending where she has make a decision that means sacrificing herself to
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