Close Reading of Where are you going Where have you been

Close Reading of Where are you going Where have you been -...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Close Reading of “Where are you Going, Where have you been?” Hollywood gives us the false impression that evil is easy to decipher and that the bad guys are blatantly conspicuous. Real life is not so kind. The quote on quote, bad guys , can be anyone, and they certainly do not have to stand out physically, socially, or emotionally. It is the artificial stereotype given by popular culture, which characterizes bad guys by creepy behavior and outward appearances, which eases us into a sense of false security. The frightening reality of the presence of evil, amongst those who would otherwise be classified as normal, is apparent in everyday culture. Perhaps one of the most disturbing instances is shown weekly on the popular NBC show, “Dateline: To Catch a Predator”. The show depicts the very people you unknowingly trust, such as pediatricians and teachers, preying on unsuspecting children. The popular American writer and novelist, Joyce Carol Oates, explores and exploits this very idea of the presence of inconspicuous evil in the short story, “Where are you Going, Where have you been?”. The story’s most apparent, underlying theme is the ongoing conflict between appearance and reality. Connie, the main character of the story, is a beautiful, naïve fifteen year old, who places most of her faith in outward appearance. When Connie meets Arnold Friend, she is quickly deceived by his outward appearance. It is not until she realizes the shallowness of his
Image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern