Analysis Of Joyce Carol Oates 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?'

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The short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and movie Smooth Talk took over the nation by storm. Both loosely based off and inspired from true events committed by Charles Schimid .Whose terrible acts made America gasp in stock but also were able to allow a wee bit of light to be able to shed down on literature. “Where Are You Going,Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates . Occurs in the suburbs during the 1960’s.However a young teenaged girl is put into a very uncomfortable situation as a result of acting out and trying to find herself. Although the young girl named Connie portrayed as confident and rebellious with her friends meeting Arnold Friend changed everything. It is implied Connie’s was almost forced to give her life for her families quickly makes the young girl realized what she got herself into .Reading this short story really opens the mind of each person who reads it . It is important to read “Where Are You Going,Where Have You Been?”,the story makes the people feel uncomfortable.Weird but true , the story makes the reader think and causes them to apply precaution along with the knowledge of what can happened in their own life .Which is probably why this short story is…show more content…
This supports the claim that the reader is led to believe that Connie is going to be raped and murdered.But in the movie Connie is dropped off at the end of her driveway , no bumps or bruises despite a slight change in persona everything seemed calm.Although later she’s quoted say “would you feel defiled by me ” which could implies that she could have been raped. The scene of Arnold bringing Connie back home in a way made the movie not so grand because the feeling of what happened to her is taken away which leds to a boring
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