Patrick Mahoney March 13, 2007 ENGL 1614 Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been? In her story, “Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?” Oates tells a tale about a young high school girl named Connie who doesn’t get along with her family and has a special, keen interest in music. A great deal of Connie’s character and self confidence stems from the music she listens to. When she’s in public, listening to music soothes her and allows her to be comfortable in any situation. Her favorite diner isn’t appealing to her for its food or cleanliness but rather the music they play there. During the time period, rock and roll was beginning to hit the scene which carried with it hidden themes of sexuality. It could be inferred that the diner they loved so much could be a symbol of sex as the diner was shaped like a bottle with a boy holding a round burger near the cap. The girls walk excitedly into the diner and a world they aren’t ready for but are made comfortable by the music.
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