The Inelucet Coming of Age Naive - showing a lack of experience, wisdom and judgement (Google). The short fiction story, “Where are you going, Where have you been” written by Joyce Carol Oates centralizes itself amongst the state of being naive. Connie, a young fifteen year old, consumes her everyday life by dreaming of sacred adulthood, or nonetheless freedom from the hands of her home, her family and her innocence. The story introduces the idea of coming of age through various literary devices. The authors use of these various literary devices, alludes the theme of the story may only be available to those who are open minded to the sublime context.
The short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates is about a teenage girl named Connie who is in the mist of her adolescent rebellion. She wants to prove her maturity to others and herself. In the story, Oates describes that Connie always lets her mind flow freely in between her daydream. She even creates and keeps dreaming about her ideal male figure in her mind to make her happy and satisfied. Oates allows the reader to step into Connie’s “dream world” through the appearance of Arnold Friend.
In her short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", Joyce Carol Oates utilizes a variety of literary devices to strengthen the story in its entirety. This short story is essentially about a 16-year-old girl named Connie and the conflict between her desire to be mature and her desire to remain an adolescent. Throughout the story, the audience sees this conflict through her words in addition to through her behavior. The audience is also introduced to Arnold Friend, a rather peculiar man, who essentially kidnaps her. This short story by Joyce Carol Oates functions and is additionally meaningful because of her usage of literary devices.
“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.
Why do individuals do certain things; one may not understand the consequences of an action, or realize that it has a positive or negative effect on the present and future of their lives. The cause of an action can tell why it has a specific effect. For instance, a short story by Joyce Carol Oates titled, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” is very interesting and allows you to make inferences based on the information given. One can evaluate from the material given the causes and effects of certain situations. This story is about a teenage girl named Connie, who replaces the traditional family values with her own because of how the music of that time period influenced her.
One would generally argue that Jackson’s behavior in Sherman Alexie’s What You Pawn I Will Redeem was a foolish act: however, his tradition tells otherwise. Instead of receiving currency from employment to purchase his grandmother’s regalia, Jackson is redundant, homeless and is an alcoholic who walk the streets of Seattle, Washington. His alienated mentally as a Native American has come in conflict with society; therefore, Jackson struggle to survive as a native American is primarily the fault of the society and not the individual. By evaluating Jackson behavior pattern, his relationship with his friends and some of the people he come across, Jackson is a generous person.
In the story “What You Pawn I Redeem” by Sherman Alexie we are introduced to a character named Jackson Jackson. He survived growing up on the Spokane Indian reservation, which was plagued by poverty, violence and substance abuse. Jackson has been at war with himself and his ability to commit. He struggles with his identity and resorts to being a homeless drunk. One day Jackson goes on an excursion, he had passed by a local pawn shop and noticed his grandmother’s regalia hanging up for sale.
Freedom The great singer-songwriter Bob Dylan once sang, “No one is free. Even the birds are chained to the sky.” This cryptic lyric can be portrayed as pertinent to Connie’s lack of freedom in Joyce Carol Oates Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been, a short story dedicated to Bob Dylan. This relevance may be seen throughout the piece of literature, as Connie is constantly stripped of her choice for personal freedom—from being implored to follow in the footsteps of her sister June, to being made to enter Arnold Friend’s vehicle.
Connie in Joyce Carol Oates’s story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” desperately wants to be independent from her family, while Gregor Samsa in Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” pathetically yearns for inclusion. In this story, Oates pays special attention to the mother-daughter relationship and the lack of meaningful communication between them. Connie's mother is an image of the future Connie doesn't want – the life of a domestic housewife. Connie has a love-hate relationship with her mother, with whom she identifies, but at the same time she has to distance herself from her mother in order to establish her independence. On the other hand, The Metamorphosis, a story by Franz Kafka, is about a man who has been transformed into a giant beetle
The story “What You Pawn I Will Redeem”, written by Sherman Alexie, is about twenty-four hours in the life of a homeless Spokane Indian who suffers with some degree of mental illness. Jackson Jackson, the homeless Indian, is the main character in the story and is the person giving the details of his activity for a day. Jackson is originally from Spokane Washington, but has been living in Seattle for 23 years. His move to Seattle and his current state of homelessness is somewhat parallel historically to his ancestors lost of land in America and eventual state of wandering. He has been homeless for 6 years and has joined many other homeless Indians living in Seattle.
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.
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.
The Treatment of Women in Literature Since the beginning of time, women have always been considered less than or inferior to men. Although, the treatment of women has improved tremendously and women are seeing more opportunities than ever before, we still have a long way to go. Until recently, the majority of published writers were men and the depiction of women in literature was mainly one sided. No matter what time period or culture, women in literature usually take the back seat to men. The once popular TV drama series, Twin Peaks, which was created in 1990, and Joyce Carol Oates’s short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?,” which was published in 1970, but was probably written in the 50s or 60s, are perfect examples of this.