Analyzing The Short Story 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?'

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In order for a story to fall under gothic, it must play off of some type of fear that a large scale can relate to. The short story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates plays off of contemporary fears at a psychological level. A teenage girl named Connie is introduced as someone who is self conscious, and shows a fear of intimacy. She is constantly checking her looks, and she does not reveal to have a close bond with anyone. She has no positive relationship with her family, and even the girl that she spent most summer days with goes without a name for most of the story. When a middle-aged man drives up, layering Connie with compliments, and offering her an out to the life that she has, the far too present fear
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