Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been Essay

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    In the short story "Where are you going where have you been?" by Joyce Carol Oats and the song Wake Up by EDEN, the author and the artist both show the thematic concepts on how fantasies come to an end, and when reality hits, it hits hard. "Where are you going where have you been?" is a short story about a young 15 year old girl who is trying to fit in with the rest of the world, and is very preoccupied with her appearance and living in this pop cultural fantasy. Connie is always ignoring her mother

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    Connie is a young fifteen year old who cares about her sexual drive that men have toward her. “The 1960s unleashed the so called sexual revolution. It seemed more a source of comic relief and tragic nostalgic recirculation than political inspiration…” This revolution consisted of women demanding their own rights so they could become more and more independent. There were significant shifts in social attitudes, behaviors, and institutional regulations at the beginning of the 60’s and also lasted through

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    Connie’s transitions in “Where are you going, Where have you been?” Most characters go through many transitions throughout the story. The transitions maybe big or small, but they do make a difference in the story. In the short story “Where are you going, Where have you been?” by Joyce Carol Oates, Connie is the protagonist. Connie is a 15 year old girl that is so unexperienced and she wants to go out and explore the world. Connie is enveloped by Arnold Friend’s sweet talk, he is the instrument that

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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

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    “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” a short story written by Joyce Carol Oates, revolves around two main characters — Connie and Arnold Friend. Connie is a 15 year old girl, the protagonist in the story, who disrespects her family, and tries to act more mature than she actually is. Arnold Friend is the mysterious “villain” figure in the story that places Connie in an unpleasant situation that causes her to question the extent of her maturity. Throughout the short story Arnold pushes Connie’s

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    Analyzing Connie, the female protagonist in “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” reveals the character’s journey of rebellion, a search for identity, and the protagonist’s psychological problems. Connie appears to be a seemingly normal teenage female during the first few sentences: fifteen years old, physically beautiful, and appears semi-narcissistic. As one reads on, underlying psychological issues begin to unearth themselves. Connie has a habit of needing to know that she is beautiful;

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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

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    The dramatic irony of “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” conveys the tone of warning about temptation. Connie’s situation is that she does not feel appreciated at home and uses her looks and actions to get attention and appreciation from boys even if it is short-term. She is self-conscious about her looks and is constantly worried about how other people perceive her. Friend’s fantasy is that Connie will willingly go with him and be his “lover” (605) even before he officially met her. The

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    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

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    story “Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?” both characters, Connie and Arnold, suffer from having dual identities. Connie is an individual who acts completely different outside her home, where she tries to portray an image of being sexually appealing. However, she is the complete opposite within her home, where she hides her sexuality and acts more like the adolescent she really is. Arnold is a mature man, something Connie is looking for in life and this intrigues her. Both characters have trouble

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