Where Are You Going Short Story

Where Are You Going Short Story - Ashley Bukiri February...

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Ashley Bukiri February 24 th , 2006 Essay #1 After World War II the United States came into the 1950’s and the perception of the classic American family was born. The father was supposed to have a 9 to 5 job and provide for the family, while mother was to stay home and take care of the family, and the children were to be well behaved and always listen to their parents. The media further fed this perception with television shows like Leave it to Beaver which highlighted this family ideal. This constant sense of having to be perfect led to the rebellion of teens in the 1960’s and the ultimate end of innocence. Joyce Carol Oates’ story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? presents this rebellion and the loss of innocence through the character of Connie. Oates shows this process through Connie’s actions and thoughts with her family, and the metaphor of Arnold Friend as Satan. This story takes place in two main locations, at her home with her family, and the hamburger joint that signifies the outside world, later represented by Arnold Friend. Connie is constantly balancing herself between then as shown in the quotation, “she wore a pull over jersey blouse that looked one way when she was at home and another way when she was away from home. Everything about her has two sides to it, one for home and one for anywhere that was not home” (620). There is also another way these two
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ENG 1001 taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '08 term at E. Illinois.

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