Putting ordinary people in horrifying circumstances that test themselves in a new way. In this story, Connie is a typical, easily manipulated teenage girl exploring the possibilities of who she wants to be. One summer day, the devil in disguise as Arnold Friend drives up to her house with nothing but bad intentions. Being as naïve as a 15 year old girl, Arnold "Fiend" is able to lure her out of her house and into his car. Inspired by a true story, this piece is a twisted tale of manipulation and pure evil.
On a date, she noticed a guy in a gold convertible. The same guy, Arnold Friend and his friend, Ellie, showed up at her house while her family was gone to a barbeque. Arnold is trying to convince Connie to take a ride with him but Connie is fearful of his intentions. Through manipulation and threats, he finally lured the young girl to leave with him. In “Where are you going, where have you been”, Joyce Carol Oates used inspiration from a song and serial killer to write an incredible short story packed with themes and symbolism.
In the beginning of the story, Arnold “wagged a finger and laughed and said, ‘gonna get you, baby,’” (Oates 1) implying that Connie is his target. Arnold is seen again in another scene where Connie sees his car pulling up in her driveway. Arnold tries to connect with Connie by using music to try luring her closer to him.
In the short story, Where Are you Going, Where Have You Been,” by Joyce Oates, Arnold Friend, a disgusting pediphile character, tries to seduce a teenager named Connie to come on a car ride with him. Arnold was peculiar he hung around teen spots even though he was years out of high school and he drove around in his gold colored car. Arnold is a walking imposter he was an idol to many teens, but in reality he was pediphile looking for his next victim. Throughout the short story Arnold acted fake by every standard he would fool people into thinking he was a great person, but in reality it was a disguise. People need to realize that some people may use them and disguise themselves to achieve their personal desires.
In the story while she alone at home a car shows up and it is the guy she meet the other night and we find out his real name is, Arnold Friend. He shows her his car to her then asks her to ride with him. She say no but, Arnold wont take no for answer. After he tries to get in the house and tells her exactly what her family is doing she panics.
In Oates’ story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” , the story mainly focuses on the conflict and main plot of Smooth Talk. “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” explains Connie’s relationship to her family members, basically describing that she’s a basic adolescent that desires to be treated like an adult but lacks the maturity and doesn’t want the responsibilities, still claiming her freedom (or at least attempting to). One Sunday her family leaves to a barbeque Connie refused to go to and a familiar stranger drives up to her house.
In the novel Whirligig, by Paul Fleischman, is a novel about Brent a teenage boy who only really cares about being popular who decides to take his life while driving home from a party but instead he takes Lea Zamora’s life and as punishment Lea’s mother asks Brent to build a whirligig representing Lea at every corner and we see interleaving chapters with people coming across the whirligigs and how their lives have changed because of them. In the important event of Brent killing Lea in a car crash we see a positive effect and consequences on Brent because of this event showing the key idea that all actions have consequences. The positive effects being Brent Learning that we never know who we really are until we step away from other influences around us, that in the journey of life we’ll go through rough patches however it’s how we get out of them that counts and that
In this passage from Last child in the Woods, an extremely discouraged Richard Louv shows the separation of nature to both parents and children. By showing imagery through car rides in the present vs. car rides in the past he shows an extraordinary change. By his use of rhetorical devices such as pathos, ethos, and imagery Louv produces a captivating argument to fire up the modern generation. Throughout the passage Louv cites many sources, and deserves credit.
When they finally landed near Mount Hood, they went to rent a car to take them to the base of the mountain. The woman wou rented the cars froze and looked like she saw a ghost when Kendal’s dad said he wanted to go to Mount Hood. When they got outside the father said, “ ‘Come on kid ,’ her father said holding the keys in his hand. “You look like you need some fresh air.’ ” (Colman
Through “Rebels of a Neon God,” Tsai Ming-liang demonstrates how life is never fully satisfied but people endlessly try to fulfill their goals as if they were the ultimate goals. The road at the end of the movie metaphorically represents struggles in lives while cars represent each of us. Every car tries to reach the destination but never does. The mind or the driver of each car- constrained in what it steers- pushes the car into different directions, and never knows how other cars will affect it. The mother and the father of the main character, Hsiao Kang, send him to a tutor school presumably in the hope that Kang will have a better career than they do.
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Essay Since it’s publication in 1966, Joyce Carol Oates’s short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” the character Arnold Friend has caught the attention of many critics and readers. Connie is a fifteen year old girl who has an encounter with Friend while she is home alone one summer afternoon.
Writer, Joyce Oates, in her fictional short story, “Where are you going, where have you been,” recounts the story of, Connie a fifteen year old. Joyce Oates creates a flippant tone in her character description of Connie. The tone shifts from flippant to disturb after her brief interaction with Arnold at her house. Oates uses emotionally/ominous loaded language, and vivid threatening imagery in Where are you going,where have you been. Oates purpose is to warn readers of what could happen when an adolescent go through the rite of passage.
In one moment it’s ripped away from them: the only thing keeping them young; the only thing keeping them shielded from the world. It’s the mother watching her fatherless daughter cry over his coffin. It is the boy being slapped by his loving father for the first time. I That thing is known as “loss of innocence”, but is it really a loss? All one loses is their naivety and artlessness.
Karlea Belsey Mrs. Ham English 1302 23 February 2016 “Two Kinds” of Girls “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, written by Joyce Carol Oates in 1970, the main character, Connie, is put in the shadows of her older sister, and she feels as though her mother does not care for her as much as her sister. Connie acts and dresses different when she was away from her family; she tried to fit in with her friends whenever they went to the shopping mall, movies, or to the restaurant across from the mall. On the other hand, in “Two Kinds”, written by Amy Tan in 1989, the main character, Jing Mei, was a Chinese-American whose mother wanted her to be a prodigy in something, and believed that she could be anything that she wanted to be since she was in America. Both of these characters, Connie and Jing Mei, had someone pushing them to do something, but in the end, Connie agreed to her persuasion, while Jing Mei refused.