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Joyce Carol Oates Where Are You Going Where Have You Been tells us about the life of Connie who has no guidance in life because her family has not provided any moral support to help through her teenage life She only knows about popular culture and not the consequences that comes with it Without proper direction to face problems Connie is confronted by Arnold Friend who has a plan to do some grotesque things to her This encounter between them causes a power struggle between them that provides Connie downfall toward potential death Arnolds proclaimed supernatural ability controls and manipulates Connies mind and spirituality to strip her of any dignity that exists within Arnold had a special interest in Connie to carry his deed in taking her soul or something from her 619 He has knowledge about everything Connie is involved because he has devil like qualities to take control of her destiny A lack of experience to face problems or people like Arnold can affect the thought process into making a logical decision therefore doing things without knowing what will happen at the end Arnolds presence provides a dominant feeling to Connie who does not know Arnolds intentions He takes advantage of pop culture to find out how to get to her though music clothes and boys Arnold was somewhat outdated to the time but he was still close enough to trick Connie into thinking he was a teenage Bennett 2 Connie can not possibly be prepared for what Arnold has in store for her since she was not properly taught about having morals The family did not have any strong ties with each other to protect Connie from any harm She decided to stay home alone to avoid any conflicts with her family 617 When Arnold comes she is drawn to him physically causing him to know that she is under his control There is no hope for Connie since she does not
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