In the short story titled “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”, Joyce Carol Oates introduces us to Connie, a narcissistic, rebellious, and naïve fifteen-year-old girl coming into a world of sexuality and adulthood she thinks she’s ready for. Unknown by her parents, she regularly spends the evenings exploring her individuality and freedom by flirting with teenage boys at her local diner. One evening, she catches the attention of a creepy and strange boy named Arnold Friend, who later shows up at her house unannounced with the intention to take her away. Needless to say, any person reading this will not be prepared to witness the ending of the story, or of a young woman’s loss of innocence and life. Although “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” has been interpreted many ways by scholars and writers alike, I believe the interpretation that best fits this narrative is Connie’s search for independence that eventually leads to a brutal outcome.
In Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Connie, a teenage girl who acts older than she actually is, argues with her family about how she dresses and acts. While sneaking out with friends one night, Connie encounters an older man named Arnold Friend who is convinced that he is her lover. One day while her family is not home, Connie is confronted by Arnold, asking and threatening her to come with him. The story ends with her going away with this strange man who showed up at her door, leaving the reader to ponder what will become of Connie. The short story shows how choosing to be a rebellious teenager who wants to grow up too quickly can leave one in a possibly deadly situation.
Oates allows the reader to step into Connie’s “dream world” through the appearance of Arnold Friend. Throughout the story, there are many instances: the illogical time and settings, the similarity between Arnold and Connie and the unrealistic events show that the meeting between Connie and Arnold Friend is a dream. The dream is also a preparation for Connie before she steps onto the stage of being an adult. Connie’s dream begins when she refuses to go to her aunt’s house for barbecue party. She stays home, and under the warmness of the sun, she begins her day dreaming about love and the boy she has met the night before.
Abusing this power, he uses it to threaten, instead of using it in a way productively. An example of his abusive power is when he speaks to his son, Haimon. “Bring her out! Bring the woman out! Let her die before his eyes,” Creon threatens Haimon to kill Antigone, “Here, this instant, with her bridegroom before her!” (Sophocles Scene 3, 137-39).
The short story has allegory, everything has a double meaning like the dent in Arnold's car “Done by a crazy woman driver”, and how the only drivers are male. Connie’s father drives the family to the barbeque and Connie's friend’s dad drives them to the shopping plaza. The story most likely took place in the 1960’s because of all the events going on. The drive in restaurant, how women don't drive and Connie’s mother and her daughters take care of the cleaning and
39). Iago constantly uses his “innocence” to make Othello jealous and start to assume that it is true. These actions eventually lead to a tragic event. Iago’s manipulation has driven Othello insane, leading to Iago’s plans on his last night. Othello tells Iago to go get some poison to kill Desdemona, but Iago refuses and just tells him to strangle her in her bed (IV.
However, when Harry calls Voldemort by his name in front of the Death Eaters, Bellatrix shrieks at him: “you dare besmirch it with your half-bloods tongue” . In this case, she makes Harry unworthy to say his name. She wants Harry to show some respect, even though he points you that Voldemort is also half-blood. By this remark, he makes her angry enough to try to jinx him. III.
Nala ran back to the living room and saw that Reuben had received a bone-shaped rubber toy that made an ear splitting, high pitched noise when squeezed. This bothered Nala so she went to the garage to hunt for rats, but was too annoyed to do anything The days went on and, to Nala’s disliking, the dog stayed. Nobody ever played the red dot game with her anymore since they were out playing fetch with Reuben. Even when the boy played soccer Reuben would interfere and end up tackling Nala, so she just left. During the day when the girl and boy went out to school was the worst for Nala.
Not only language but also his emotion are developmental. He felt guilty about to slander Justin that she is murderer. Moreover he feel lonely and want victor to help him by created a female monster. Victor agreed at first but when he was creating a female monster, he kill her. That make the monster very angry.
One of them is reality vs. fantasy. From reading the story twice, I picked up on if Arnold is real or not. In my opinion, I do not think Arnold is real. Connie does not recognize him and is perplexed on how he even knows her at all. Another reason that made me think he is not real is how she passes out when she answers the phone, and he somehow had her phone number as well.