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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Joyce Carol Oates

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Overview

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Author

Joyce Carol Oates

Year Published

1966

Type

Short Story

Genre

Drama

Perspective and Narrator

"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" is told by a third-person limited omniscient narrator who focuses on Connie's point of view. This narrative choice allows readers to empathize with Connie while at the same time maintain some distance from the events. This distance provides readers with some perspective on the events that Connie doesn't have.

Tense

"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" refers to a biblical verse. In Judges 19:17, a traveler asks an old man for directions; before giving the directions, the old man asks these same two questions. The verse is alluded to in the story through the numbers painted on Arnold Friend's car. The questions challenge the traveler to think about what has brought him to this point in his life and what he will do next.

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