"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Comparison Essay by carolm

"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
A comparison of Joyce Carol Oates' short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", to the film version, "Smooth Talk".
# 50496 | 805 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Apr 15, 2004 in Literature (American) , English (Comparison) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper examines Joyce Carol Oates's short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", which was written in 1966, and how, twenty years later, it was made into a movie entitled "Smooth Talk", the winner of the 1985 U.S. Film Festival for best dramatic picture. It looks at how Oates extends reality with her character, Arnold Friend, based on the real life of Charles Schmid, who cruised teenage hangouts, picking up girls. It also shows how the producer of "Smooth Talk" also takes detours from the road of reality by further developing the characters of Connie's mother, father, and older sister, June. In particular, it examines how the two endings differ greatly.

From the Paper:

"While the physical characteristics seem similar, however, the description of Connie's sexual nature differs, playing an important part in the development of the final scenes of both the story and the movie. While the writer of Smooth Talk portrays Connie as a flirt and a tease, she, nevertheless, resists going "all the way" with the boys she cruises with on summer nights. This makes the compelling seduction by Arnold Friend at the screen door that much more chilling as she faces rape and the loss of innocence to someone she hardly knows. In contrast, by implying in her short story that Connie is already sexually active, author Joyce Oates deepens the terror of the screen-door meeting by focusing not on just the sexually persuasive nature of Arnold Friend but also on the demonic trance-like state he uses in order to control his victims."

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