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Character Analysis in Joyce Oates Where are you going where have you been In life there are so many different paths to take which take us to many different ends It is ones character that determines the destination and the forgoing of ones inevitability However in life there are so many distractions or forces that try to mislead us and eventually take hold of us It is our weaknesses that allow those forces to be used against us without being conscious of them occurring That is why society has far more powerful forces to understand and comprehend than we actually think Therefore after reading Joyce Oates story of Where are you going where have you been it is shown that Connie who always strived for attention turns to be the victim of a horrible tragedy That it is why I feel it is crucial to understand the reasoning that lead to this undermining event and reflect upon it The story of Where are you going where have you been is a third person narrative The author writes this story using a lot of imagery and figurative language that provides us with more meaning than what is presented in the text In addition the critical point that is shown in the story is how Connies mother was the negative force that corrupted Connie and led her to the dark side Since the fact that her mother had been pretty once too if you could believe those old snapshots in the album but now her looks were gone and that was why she was always after Connie Oates 655 It is shown that indeed Connie does remind her mother of when she was young but that beauty is gone which unfortunately leads the mother to favor Connies sister June The story consists of two main scenes the world Connie thrives in and the day that everything in her world changes The story begins by introducing the
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