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Similar Meanings When looking at two stories A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery OConnor and Where Are You Going Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates many similarities are seen A possible reason for many of the similarities between the two stories is due to the fact that Oates was inspired by OConnor and a sophisticate reader of her fiction Gentry 44 OConnors works were not exactly original ideas either because she uses several specific elements from Chausers works into her own Both stories contain many similarities between the the victims and the actual situations that appear in the story Both stories begin with seemingly normal situations which look into the everyday lives of the characters As the story Where Are You Going Where Have You Been starts off Oates describes the main character of her story to the reader Oates gives vivid detail and descriptions to portray the life of the main character named Connie She tells the story of Connie who is a typical teenager who has many friends Connie enjoys things such as going to the movies and going out with her friends Connies life seems normal as Oates describes the usual events that take place in this story Then just as everything appears to be perfectly normal something happens and nothing is ever the same Oates borrows this writing technique from OConnor in which her story starts off very much the exact way In OConnors short story A Good Man is Hard To Find the events start out just as Oates short story OConnor begins the story by describing a typical family and introduces the raw realities of life in rural Georgia using wit caricature and even cartoon-like violenceto achieve situations more complicated than ordinary description uncovers Prunty 38 The family decides to take a road trip to Florida but the grandmother convinces them to go to Tennessee because she supposedly has connections there As the family
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