“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” written by Joyce Carol Oates is a story about fifteen year old Connie who’s world is changed after an encounter with a stranger. Connie’s paradigm is transformed during and after this event. At the beginning of the story, Connie’s worldview is one of vanity, which in turn leads to control. She is only focused on how she looks and how those around her appear as well.
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.
Contentious Symbolism The contentious sense of symbolism illustrated by the two main characters in “Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is supported by their actions throughout the story. Deceit between characters was a common symbol that seemed to follow both characters throughout the story. This symbol of distrust allows for a common thread between characters that ultimately joins them together in the end. The overall aspect of lying brings together the two main characters in this story with a unique sense of symbolism.
When meeting people we tend to assume details about them but with time our perceptions alter. We all have experienced this at least once every day when communicating with someone new. Sigmund Freud's "The Uncanny" expresses his development of how something is 'uncanny'. Author Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been,?” contains components of the uncanny. This short story involves a character named, Arnold Friend who can be pursued as uncanny because he can be comprehended as someone who has been remained hidden but then has come to light.
Every work of literature has one or more themes, and many themes are common to different types of literature. The theme is often connected to the main character 's internal journey. Perhaps because literature often focuses on human experiences, it frequently covers the themes of innocence and experience. Within the novel, Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, innocence is progressively lost through the young British boys especially with Jack Merridew. The boys are put in a place where their only choice is to mature faster in order to survive.
The short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is written by Joyce Carol Oates and talks about a girl named Connie who is a carefree fifteen-year-old girl. When she is faced with Arnold Friend, a man who is trying to flirt with her and tries to get her to his car, she does not want it. Connie did not expect this encounter and becomes afraid when she comes across Arnold. Connie, who made “. .sure her own [looks were] all right” (988), wanted to become independent and do things that not every girl her age does, faces a male who wants her, but she does not want him, she begins to become afraid.
Connie: The Victim To A Demon The “heroine” of the short story Where Are You Going Where Have You Been written by Joyce Carol Oates has been interpreted in many different ways by many different authors across the globe. They all have their own opinions on why Connie had left her home and walked into the arms of Arnold Friend. Larry Rain makes the argument that Connie was a noble heroine that “chooses the side with the devil [to save her family]” (Rain Gale).
xLoss of Innocence Innocence is something that is meant to be lost, sooner or later as we grow up. As children we see the world as a safe and happy place, until an event in our life breaks that innocence and we start to see the world for what it truly is. In Alice Walker’s “The Flowers”, she shows an occurrence where a 10 year old girl, Myop loses her innocence after a shocking discovery towards the end of the story. This piece hold fragments of symbolism and imagery to portray the maturing of Myop. The stylistic devices of symbolism and imagery of Alice Walker's story give structure to the horrible ending, also to show how innocence comes to an end as a consequence of going face to face with the cruel reality of the world.
Theme is the main message/ emotion of the story. Novels use theme most of all the time so you can really know what the story is about. The Outsiders is a story of some kids who are trying to find their true identity. S.E. Hinton uses innocence as the theme of her novel, The Outsiders The poem Nothing Can Stay Gold, by Robert Frost, States that “Nature's first Green is Gold.”
Innocence can be depicted as blind trust and ignorance to the world. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies (1954), he shows this ignorant side of innocence. The boys that were placed on the island were mainly children under the age of ten and Golding slowly begins to strip away their humanity as time on the island lengthens. In The Count of Monte Cristo (1844), Alexander Dumas takes a different approach. Instead of focusing on ignorance, Dumas a naïve and trusting young man named Edmund Dantes.