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

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Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is a chilling tale based on true events that occurred in the 1960’s. The story is about a young girl’s daydreams that turn into a nightmare as she face the evils of reality in the form of Arnold Friend. Arnold Friend represents supernatural figure and he has set his sight on Connie. He will take Connie from the safety of her home and childhood to the “excitement “of the real world. Oates introduces the readers to Arnold Friend, someone who embodies all the attributes that Connie’s dream world wants as her reality. The way the narrator describes Arnold and the way he makes Connie feel suggest that he might not be a human but a demonic being. An excerpt from the story states
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