A review of the story where are you going where have you been by joyce carol oates

She is sneaky, lies to her mother and dismisses people she does not like.

Review: “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates

This force presents a conflict for Connie: The rising action begins when Arnold Friend pulls into the driveway and instigates a conversation with Connie. Ellie asks if he should pull out the phone lines. Connie asks what he is going to do with her and he says he has a few things in mind, but that she will learn to like him.

Arnold Friend becomes more sinister as we learn more about him. Instead of Connie succumbing to the pernicious allure of Arnold, the film-version Connie rejects Arnold and returns to her family.

When she is out, she is a different person. Arnold Friend is presented only as he appears to Connie; the reader learns nothing of his unspoken thoughts. This marked a turning point in her life. By adding modern psychological insights, she succeeds in revealing the complex nature of the victim of a grotesque intrusion by an alien force; on one level, the victim actually welcomes and invites this demonic visitation.

Arnold makes himself acceptable to Connie through that which she values, superficial appearance, and then uses his own depraved power to keep her with him.

We can postulate that she may be shallow and self-absorbed, but she is also harmless and unfamiliar with the dangerous world of which she so wants to be a part.

The first one is going to be an introductory one, in which every tool and term that is to be used will be spelled out and explained.

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She saves money, helps their parents, and receives constant praise for her maturity, whereas Connie spends her time daydreaming. Larry Rubin Rubin is a critic, professor of English, and an award-winning poet.

Characters Connie Fifteen-year-old Connie exhibits the confusing, often superficial behavior typical of a teenage girl facing the difficult transition from girlhood to womanhood. In the fourth and last chapter in this section, an approach on Genette's theories on narrative perspectives, as well as a suitable explanation for each one can be found.

When she says that her father is coming back to get her, Arnold knows she is lying. Connie's concern with her appearance is not the only thing we learn about the youngster.

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On this particular night they are called over to a car by a boy at school that they don't like, so they simply ignore him and this makes them feel good.

Its twelve-year-old female protagonist Frankie Addams wishes to be called F. At his command, she stands up. Her character, which has been carefully outlined, begins to interact with another force.

Connie is described as an adolescent girl who She had a pullover jersey blouse that looked one way when she was at home and another way when she was away from home. Oates talks about her work as a reader, writer, and critic. He has trouble balancing on his small feet—hooves?

The action abruptly ends as Connie walks towards Arnold. However, Arnold is far more than a grotesque portrait of a psychopathic killer masquerading as a teenager; he also has all the traditional sinister traits of that arch-deceiver and source of grotesque terror, the devil.

For some, Connie has moved from illusion to reality and from adolescence to adulthood when she gains enough insight to see Arnold and the world around her more accurately.

It is where the older boys hang out. When the car—a parodied golden chariot? Although by this time Oates had published many stories, she did not think of herself as a professional writer until, by chance, she came across favorable mention of one of her stories in a prestigious anthology, Best American Short Stories.

Full of puzzling and perverse longings, the heart persists in mixing lust and love, life and death, good and evil.

Similarly, his foolish attempt at a bow may result from a mixup in temporal concepts of the ideal lover. Connie fears she will be destroyed by Arnold, and the critics like Wegs have concentrated on the immediate level of physical death; what makes the story so rich, it seems to me, is the possibility of seeing her pending destruction as a moral phenomenon.

First of all, for all the talk of sex and boys in the story, we have no clear evidence that Connie is not still a virgin. Some scholars see the numbers as having Biblical significance, referring to the book of Judges—the thirty-third book, starting from the back of the Old Testament of the Bible, chapter 19, verse Her first published collection of short stories quickly followed inand her first novel, With Shuddering Fall, was published in Obviously this experience fills them with a sense of being wanted and having the power to refuse the attention.

Soon, in addition to losing her identity, Connie will probably lose her life to Arnold. The similarities between Arnold and the devil testify to his nature and his capacity to harm Connie.

Author Biography Joyce Carol Oates was born in Her mother is also critical that Connie is not more like her sister, constantly comparing the two.An Analysis of Joyce Carol Oates' Short story 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?' by Ann-Kathrin Beckenbauer.

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You submitted the following rating and review. We'll publish them on our site once we've reviewed them. In comparing and contrasting Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”() and Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”() the reader can find many similarities and differences between The Misfit in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and Arnold Friend in.

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Henry Award and/or Best American Short Story selections/5(16). "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" is a frequently anthologized short story written by Joyce Carol Oates.

The story first appeared in the Fall edition of Epoch magazine. Critical review. Joyce Carol Oates is on of my favorite authors. I wondered what her motivation was in dedicating this to Bob Dylan. Perhaps that she admired his work I guess.

They must have been friends, back in the day. I don’t think Connie had any choice given where she was coming from.

I imagine, you might have had a different reaction Jeri. Along with the story’s frequent appearance in textbooks and anthologies, Oates herself republished it in as the title story for Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?: Stories of Young America.

A review of the story where are you going where have you been by joyce carol oates
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