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Oates Where are you going where have you been Oates Where are you going where have you been is very descriptive and reads like a movie in ones mind Every event every sound every scene is crystal clear Like every good book or short story in this case the characters become our friends and we come to understand them as we understand the people we know best in our lives We feel the feelings that they feel and live their experiences along with them Oates draws us into the story with her descriptive details and immediately invokes our emotions and keeps us interested through the end But this story is much deeper upon reflection than it seems at first In order to understand this story it is important to understand the author Oates is well known for her strong beliefs in the power of the novel Because of this it is easy to understand why she includes themes that go deep into the mind of the reader and disturbs his comfort zone She takes common American obsessions such as love money and evil and uses them as the basis of her stories These obsessions that she uses are often the largest fears in normal people because they are such a tremendous part in everyones life This is one reason that makes Oates use of various themes so desirable to so many people Chaffier Many of her characters have consistent qualities that readers can easily see in themselves They typically speak of support and love and sometimes unity but they rarely possess these qualities themselves Instead they illustrate the problems that go along with a society that is filled with violence and the loss of innocence Chaffier Where Are You Going Where Have You Been is based on a killer in the southwest named Charles Smitty Schmid who was charged for the rape and murder of three young girls in the fall of
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