Joyce Carol Oates Essays

  • Joyce Carol Oates: Search For Self-Identity

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    In Joyce Carol Oates “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”she paints the picture of a teenage girl whose mother is jealous of her, father is absent, and sister is twenty-four and lives at home. Connie is a fifteen year old girl who sneaks around with her friends, is a bit boy crazy and is very much a daydreaming teenager. The beginning of the story starts off rather innocently, then through a series of hints scattered throughout the story, takes a turn for the worse when Connie’s eyes are opened

  • Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been By Joyce Carol Oates

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    Author Harlan Coben once said, “Adolescence is always a war; no one gets out unscathed”. There are many attributes shared amongst teens, and in the story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oates, the protagonist, Connie is the embodiment of the typical teenage girl. Oates depicts Connie in such a way by the use of Connie’s appearance and actions, as well as her relationships, and budding sexuality. One key element that characterizes Connie as an average teen is her appearance

  • Analysis Of Joyce Carol Oates Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

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    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 midst 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

  • Naked By Joyce Carol Oates Analysis

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    Sexual Racism in the American Societies The short story Naked by Joyce Carol Oates talks about anonymous female figure that lived a big shock because of the violent event she went through, that she was attacked by a group of children which includes boys and girls, the eldest child was 12 years old. The writer describes those children in the story that they were, “small pack of black children…” this quote from the story would give the reader a hint to think if this story is about racism in America

  • Comparison Of The Flowers By Joyce Carol Oates

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    the woods through the eyes of a little girl named Myop, but she soon realizes the world isn’t as nice as flowers. In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”, Joyce Carol Oates follows a young girl named Connie who is focused on others and her own appearance, until she is introduced to the world in a unexpected way. Both Walker and Oates use young girls to show the harsher sides of the world and how their childhood changes to adulthood in different ways. The main thing that Myop and Connie have

  • In Hiding By Joyce Carol Oates Summary

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    In the short story ” In Hiding” by Joyce Carol Oates is about inner conflicts. As an individual you will probably at some point of your life have an inner conflict with yourself. Our emotions, thoughts and needs get effected by the conflict we have. There is often a conflict between what we want and need against what we actually can and are allowed to. In this short story we are introduced to the main character, who doesn’t have a name, yet we know that she is a single mother and a poet. She had

  • Joyce Carol Oates Golden Gloves Analysis

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    fighting. Boxing is showcased to be a violent sport with lots of passion, and strong victories, but Hollywood is less able to show the emotional side of the sport. However Joyce Carol Oates’ “Golden Gloves” succeeds at creating a narrative about a young man’s emotional journey into adulthood through the lens of boxing. Joyce Carol Oates’ short story “Golden Gloves” has many parallels between life, childbirth, and boxing. “Golden Gloves” explores pain and misconceptions through

  • Theme Of Allegory In Where Are You Going Where Have You Been

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    The story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” was written by Joyce Carol Oates, published in 1966. In this short story, we are introduced to a 15 year old girl Connie. She is described to be very conceited, and she is always obsessing over her physical appearance. Her family life is perceived as very dysfunctional. Her mother is always comparing her to her older sister June, and Connie’s father is pretty much absent from her life. Because the lack of family support and guidance, Connie lies

  • Connie Oates's Where Are You Going?

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    lots of land. Oates portrays the young teenager, Connie as someone who

  • Analysis Of Where Are You Going Where Have You Been

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    by the author Joyce Carol Oates in 1966. Oates describes her idea for the story after briefly reading an article about the real-life murderer, Charles Schmid, who lured and murdered three teenage girls (Kirszner & Mandell 523). She uses this idea to create the character, Arnold Friend, and his victim, Connie. Connie is a typical teenage girl portrayed as naïve and self-centered. The short story appears realistic, given that the conflict in the story is based off of real events. Oates unexpectedly

  • Character Analysis Of Arnold Friend

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    “Clever as the Devil and twice as pretty.” Holly Black (Goodreads Author) The author Joyce Carol Oates uses characterization to display that the character Arnold Friend is a devil like figure, and the foreshadowing involved to uncover what happens to Connie after she gets into the car. Connie is characterized as one of the cool, and pretty girls at her school. She despises her family they are not close at all. Her mom envies her because she 's so pretty and cannot be like her. Her older sister who

  • Joyce Carol Oates's 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been'

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    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

  • Analysis Of Where Are You Going Where Have You Been

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    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

  • Where Is Here Joyce Carol Oates Analysis

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    Looking over the different readings for this assignment, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to read. However, when I came across the “Where is Here?” by Joyce Carol Oates, and read a few lines, I thought back about my old homes that I used to live in. Growing up we lived in a few houses, so my story is much different then this old man’s is. But I still thought this was an interesting story. The story starts in a quiet little neighborhood where this family has lived in this home for several years without

  • Psychoanalytical Criticism In 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been'

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    “Where Are You Going, Where Have You been” was a short fictional story (based on real events) written by Joyce Carol Oates in 1966. In her story, a young teenage girl has an encounter with another “teenager” that had been hitting on her previously. Little did she know that he was actually a serial killer that had been stalking her in order to make her his new victim. The story takes place at the house of the young teenager, Connie, after she is left home alone for an afternoon. At the end, Arnold

  • Analysis Of Where Are You Going Where Have You Been

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    “Where Are You Going, Where Have You been?” is a story written by Joyce Carol Oates, as the story begins readers are introduced to the protagonist, Connie. A fifteen year old girl, who is rebellious, deceitful, somewhat vain and the black sheep of the family—characteristics that also expressed Connie’s want to be loved and accepted in a way she wasn’t from her own family. Oates takes readers on a journey with Connie as her character begins to develop, readers are introduced to Arnold Friend, along

  • Theme Of Symbolism In Short Story

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    sense” (“Symbolism”). This essay will focus on the symbolism and the role it plays in the development of characters and theme in two short stories: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Where are you going, Where have you been? by Joyce Carol Oates. Stories were written in different centuries, represent different situations and social layers. The main character of The Yellow Wallpaper is an unnamed woman from the upper-middle class. A dignified wife and mother, she experiences a nervous

  • Summary Of Where Are You Going Where Have You Been

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    “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. Oates writes that Connie “...knew she was pretty and that was everything.” The author describes

  • Analysis Of Where Are You Going Where Have You Been

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    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

  • Where Are You Going Where Have You Been Theme

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    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