Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

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Fear has the capability to could judgment and to make irrational decisions which allows authors to manipulate characters, plots, and identities. “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oats illustrates a self-absorbed teen that is overcoming by fear when confronted with Arnold Friend. “In a Grove” by Rynosuke Akutagawa documents a slain husband and the fearful truth that is exposed through witnesses’ statements. “A Little Respect” by Herbert Selby Jr. describes a father’s rising inner conflict about his disrespectful son and finally exploding by destroying a t.v. set much to the fear of his family. Lastly, “A Shattered Glass Goblin” by Harlon Ellison depicts a man bent on retrieving his finance only to meet his own…show more content…
Yet, the more time he spends at the house the less aware he becomes of his transformation. For instance, when he discovers Kris eating someone and attempts to run away only to discover what he has truly become before she destroys him (Ellison 215). Rudy was fearful that Kris would harm him which lead to him fleeing away from her illustrating his social identify had turned into a metaphysical appearance. Ellison wanted to include this to illustrate that before Rudy went to find Kris he had a life but it vanished with him participating in the getting high. Furthermore, when comparing him to Connie both had seemingly promising futures ahead of them. Nevertheless, the choice they made resulted in their lower of social identity to the point in which the vanished from existence. On the other hand, Selby’s and Akutagawa’s characters were victims to society’s standards they were given opportunity to raise their social identity. Even though, in order to gain their new social identity that had to invoke fear in others. In particular, when Morris decided to destroy the TV set and his neighbors come to cheer him while his family remains bewildered on the porch (Selby 140). Selby wanted him to represent the social identity because when he loses he’s temper he represents the struggles and frustrations that society keeps hidden in fear of not fitting in the norm. Moreover, his is significant to the
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