Where are you Going? Where Have you Been? by Joyce Carol Oates

1100 WordsJul 11, 20185 Pages
Where Are You Going, Where have you been? is a short story written by Joyce Carol Oates. The 75 year old American author and professor at Princeton University, introduce the story of 15 year old Connie who is rebelling against her mother’s whishes. A very arrogant and selfish girl that in her world the only thing that matters is how many heads she can turn when walking into a room. Through the story life gives her a test, to confront Arnold Friend, the antagonist of the story; who possesses a nefarious power beyond her own experience. Oates takes us to a journey of rebellion as the protagonist sorts through self-created illusion in order to come to terms with her own sexual inexperience. Connie’s desires for attention from the opposite…show more content…
An article by Hurley, C. Harold “Cracking The Secret Code In Oates's 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” provides to the reader a good understanding to the description Oates gives towards Arnold Friend’s way to move. “His feet do not all the way down to his boots”(Cracking the secret code….). In this article tells us that Charles Schmid used folded cans in his boots to appear taller, which makes sense it could also be the reasons Arnold friend walked in a strange way. “Like Friend, Charles Schmid was short (5'3") and muscular, and he tried to appear younger and to disguise his lack of height by dying his hair black and wearing pancake makeup”(Where You Going…As Pure Realism). The fact that the author might have been inspired by the story of Charles Schmid’s, does not mean Oates did not try to give life to a satanic figure created by Connie’s mind. It is indeed highly inspired to the story but Oates vivid imagination and skills made the story be written as if it was a horrible dream Connie was having. Very interesting clues have been found proving he is the devil. One of the things that catches the attention of the reader is the fact that he knows every single detail about everything her family is doing while at the barbecue (76). Something only God and the devil are capable to do. Also if you take the two “R’s “ in Arnold Friend you get “an old fiend”, and the oldest fiend through time is
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