Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? | Study Guide

Joyce Carol Oates

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where-are-you-going-where-have-you-been-joyce-carol-oatesSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inquiries Journal, Journal of the Short Story in English, Studies in Short FictionCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.ConnieSelf-absorbed teen; longs to be older and free from her family Arnold FriendMysterious young manobsessed with Connie; all-knowing and pushyMain CharactersConnies MotherWorries that Connie is obsessed with appearance; wants her to be more steadyJuneConnies plain, reliable older sister; has little to do with Connie Connies FatherRarely interacts with family; more interested in work and reading the newspaper BeckyConnies friend; yearns to be more mature FriendsFamilyFrightensEllieSilent onlooker; appearance adds a threatening undertoneArnold Friendonna get you, baby.Where Are You Going,Where Have You Been?by the NumbersTimes the word music appears in the story11The secret code written on Arnold Friend's car 33 19 17Year Oates received the National Humanities Medal for her contributions to American letters 2010A prolific American writer, Oates has written novels, stories, poetry, and essays. Many of Oatess fictional characters, like Connie in Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” fall prey to violent outside forces that destroy them. Oates was inspired to write the story after listening to Bob Dylans “Its All Over Now, Baby Blue.” JOYCE CAROL OATESBORN 1938AuthorGold CarRepresents independence and Connies fantasies gone wrong Screen DoorSymbolizes Connies two sides, with the inner sidestuck as a youth and theouter looking toward maturityMusicStands for the rebellion and freedom Connie longs for SymbolsSet in the mid-1960s, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Beentells the story of Connie, an attractive teenager who thinks she is mature. Connie is obsessed with her appearance and enjoys the attention of boys. One day, while she is home alone, an unfamiliar young man named Arnold comes to visit Connie, and she gets more attention than she can handle.A Desire Gone WrongTHEMESStriving for IndependenceConnie wants to be free and do as she pleases, including flirting and spending time away from her family. Loss of InnocenceConnie cannot handle Arnold,who is more experienced, so he takes advantage of her.Fantasy & RealityConnie dreams of music and romance, but Arnold overwhelms her.Joyce Carol Oates1966EnglishShort StoryAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageWhere Are You Going,Where Have You Been?Drama

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