Coming-Of-Age and "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
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This paper reviews the short story and concludes that rather than being a tale of a demonic and Satanic visitation, or a classic good versus evil tale, this Oates' work is a coming-of-age tale with very specific elements of sexual frustration. The paper claims that on the surface, this is a simple story of a girl fighting against leaving her father but deep down there are more Freudian and even Gothic themes to the tale. The writer claims that Oates has a fascination with the mundane and the Gothic, the ordinary and sensationalistic and therefore the underlying themes are indeed present.
From the Paper:"Later, while walking to a car with Eddie, she sees herself in this splendid description "Connie couldn't help but let her eyes wander over the windshields and faces all around her, her face gleaming with a joy that had nothing to do with Eddie or even this place" (Oates 471). On the way to the car, she glimpses Arnold Friend, a boy with "shaggy black hair, in a convertible jalopy painted gold" (471). Arnold makes a sign that there will be more, and Connie smiles and moves on."
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