where are you going where have you been

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Lauren Miller Eng 101 Charles Renno September 18, 2007 Where Are You Going, Where Have You been? There is always a point in our lives in which we feel we grow great lengths, something that when happens, our lives seem to change completely. In Joyce Carol Oate’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Connie, the main character, loses her teenage innocence from her experience of being pursued by a serial rapist and murderer. Oate’s based this story off the Bob Dylan song “It’s all Over Now Baby Blue” and an article she read about Charles Schmid, a serial killer nicknamed “The Pied Piper of Tucson”. At the beginning of the story Connie was naïve and a normal teenager who thought being pretty and popular was just the only way of going through life. Connie hung out with friends, shopped, and went to the movies. She didn’t get along well with her mother, threatening her with death from time to time, and wants to gain independence from her parents, like the typical teenage rebellion. Her father wasn’t around much; he usually came home from work, had supper, and then went to bed. By the end none of that really mattered as she feared for her life. The story is narrated by a third person observer and starts off by telling the reader how much Connie looks in the mirror. This gives the impression of how pretty Connie thinks she is and that she is somewhat narcissistic. “Connie would raise her eyebrows at these familiar complains and look right
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