WHERE ARE YOU GOING, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN 1.pdf - Gawtee 1 Marcus Antonio Gawtee Ms Andrea Macalino ENLIT 21 11 October 2019 Smoke and Mirrors A Lacanian

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Gawtee 1 Marcus Antonio Gawtee Ms. Andrea Macalino ENLIT 21 11 October 2019 Smoke and Mirrors: A Lacanian Analysis of “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oates “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been,” a story about a fifteen year old girl named Connie, rebellious for her age, always went out with her girl friends. One night, she glanced around and saw a mysterious man in a gold jalopy. The following day, alone in her house, two men in a gold jalopy parked in her driveway. The title as a question recalls to readers an image of parents asking whenever their child or children go out or come home late, as compared to Connie’s parents that don’t ask these questions. Hook states that, “this illusion of being …of lack.” (80) relates with Lacan argument that entering language, thus, is to become enslaved and a prey to desire. One’s desire is not always met due to the differánce, and the arbitrary signified. The narrative articulates the distortion of Connie’s desire of the phallus, having not been met. Connie, a fifteen year old girl, one who looks and gawks at herself in the mirror. She looks at “…other people's faces to make sure her own was all right.” (Oates 1) Through out the earlier pages of the narrative, The narrator portrays Connie to be a rebellious teenage daughter. With her mom
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