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Alexis Blake Mr. Ethan Young Dual Enrollment English 25 September 2014 Oates and O’Connor use the other to amplify their protagonist’s flaws and through their deployment of vampirism and biblical allusions bring our characters to self-destruction, both hypothetically and literally. Othering, as defined by Yannis Gabriel, is the process of casting a group, an individual, or an object into the role of the other and at the same time establishing one’s own identity. In Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates, the main character, Connie, others herself against June, her older sister, and her mother. She describes her sister as “plain and chunky and steady” (Oates 1052) while she sees herself as quite attractive. She goes out with her friends and sometimes they sneak across the highway to a drive-in. They ate at a burger joint which Connie described as an “a big bottle”, which is similar to the architecture of a church. She then goes on to describe the music as “music at a church service” (Oates 1053). This implementation of biblical reference
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