Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Book Review

Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
Looks at the construction and development of the story in Joyce Carol Oates' poem "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
# 147523 | 760 words | 0 sources | 2011 | US
Published on May 10, 2011 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This paper explains that Joyce Carol Oates' short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" is a cautionary story about a young girl, the protagonist Connie, who flirts face to face with the devil in the form of a man. The presence of several antagonists, the author points out, makes the story very interesting and introduces several dynamics that the reader can actually feel. The paper relates that these dynamics are presented through the use of dialogue, the setting of the story, the point of view of the narrator and Oates' literal and figurative prose writing style.

From the Paper:

"Children often leave home for an adventure, whether for a new life, school, or love. Readers must put themselves in the "shoes" of the characters and ask themselves if they are making choices any different than the ones they would make under the same situations. Connie leaves home to pursue a new life because her family does not provide her with loving and affectionate relationships. Connie needed their guidance but never received it. Connie's life changed when Friend entered her life, things changed because he was aware of how badly she wanted someone to love her."

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