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How Connie's Characterization in Where Are You Going Affects the Major Theme of the Short Story
    Connie's characterization in the short story, “Where Are You Going? Where have you been?” affects the theme of who is to blame for the kidnapping by portraying Connie as a pretty girl to into herself, a puerile teenager that cannot decide which path to take for her safety, and a reluctant girl who ignores her mother. Th...
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The Theme of Maturity in Katherine Mansfield's the Garden Party and Joyce Carol Oates's Where Are You Going
In both in Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party,” and in Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” the quest and discovery of maturity overcomes the conflicts in families and the difficulties of family control. Once a young person crosses the frontier from youth to maturity, a new perspective will e...
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A Simple Bibliography on What It Means to Be an American
Could I Have Been Somebody Else? "Don't you ever wonder, maybe if things had been slightly different, you could be somebody else?" Have you ever thought about who you are? For example, I am an American. I have always been and will always be an American. If I was not born in America, though, who would I be? It...
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American Dream in Joyce Carol Oates's Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
American Fantasy Joyce Carol Oates Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? represents the stark realities of real life invading the American Dream. Connie, the victim, lives the ideal life of a rebellious teen. She cruises the town, goes on dates, and listens to music that many adults find offensive. Connies world is pe...
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A Review of Joyce Carol Oates "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
American Fantasy Joyce Carol Oates Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? represents the stark realities of real life invading the American Dream. Connie, the victim, lives the ideal life of a rebellious teen. She cruises the town, goes on dates, and listens to music that many adults find offensive. Connie s world is p...
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An Analysis of the Recovery of the American-African Male - Female Relationship
The Walls Have Been Steep: Recovery of the American-African Male/Female Relationship Maya Angelou’s extraordinary ability to express so clearly the historic and contemporary pain, love, and culture of American-Africans is unparalleled in poetic literature. Her brilliant use of imagery is one of the many facets of her writ...
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Reflections on Finding My Wu Wei
For the promotion of my wu wei I when into my garage with a soccer ball and began to juggle. When I first started I wasn’t really thinking anything more than ‘I need to think so I can get this paper done.’ But then I slowed down to where I was only concentrating on the ball and my only thought was to where my leg was going...
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The Presence of Greed in Today's Society
It is a known fact that greed plays a prominent role in the America
today. Just pay attention to today's news and you will hear story, upon
story about a new scam, scheme, or scandal. Was America always this
selfish? Has this generation changed the fabric of our nation? Based
from my research on greed and its conspicuous ro...
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A Deeper Dive into the Mountaintop: A Speech by Martin Luther King Jr.
Fifty years ago, to go into a building and see two different water fountains with the signs, “black only” and, “white only” was completely normal. In present day, we are used to going to places and not having a designated water fountain or seating area because of our skin color. This change has built the United States to be...
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An Analysis of the Devil Figure in Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates
In Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" critics argue whether the character of Arnold Friend, clearly the story's antagonist, represents Satan in the story. Indeed, Arnold Friend is an allegorical devil figure for the main reason that he tempts Connie, the protagonist, into riding off...
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An Analysis of Reasons for Arnold Friend Being the Devil
Reasons for Arnold Friend being the Devil In Where are you going, Where have you been? the devil is masquerading as Arnold Friend, or that he is at least one of the devils messengers. All the evidence during the corse of the story helps to support this fact. One could see with all of the supernatural things th...
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Different Interpretations of the Story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been
The Minor Portion of "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" The story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been", by Joyce Carol Oates, has been discussed by many critics who try to interpret the story the way the author intended. In Larry Rubin's article, "Oates's 'Where Are You Going, Where...
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The Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones as an analogue for Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates
Sympathy For The Devil? The Rolling Stones once sang, Please to meet you, hope you guess my name, but whats puzzling you is the nature of my game. On a recent trip home from Macon, this song was playing on the radio. I was reminded of the story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates. Although Oat...
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Always Wondering What Might Have Been
The Decision I have made many decisions in my life but the one that sticks out the most to me is the decision not to play high school football all four years. Instead, I chose to play only two years, my sophomore and senior year. I had a bad sophomore year, with a lot of injures and limited amount of playing time, that got...
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An Analysis of Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been, a Famous Short Story by Joyce Carol Oates
A famous short story is Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates. This stunning story describes how the seemingly perfect girl, Connie, is terrorized by the most abnormal man, Arnold Friend. Some would argue that he is the devil. Any argument that Arnold Friend is Satan can be used to say he is nothing...
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Comparing the Short Fiction Written by Oates and Carver
Comparison & Contrast of Short Fiction Although there are many common grounds by comparing the two typical stories "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Oates and "A Small, Good Thing" by Raymond Carver, but each writer has its own purposes and points through the essences of their story to...
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An Analysis of Where Are You Going,Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates
Connies adventure with Arnold Friend In this short story Where are you going, where have you been? Carol Joyce presents Connie as a rebellious fifteen-year-old girl. Connie lives in an existential world; the environment she lives in is meaningless for her. Connie finds her escape in music and in daydreaming about all th...
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Levels of Morality Demonstrated in The Been Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
An interesting individual, by the name of Lawrence Kohlberg, came up with a fascinating way of looking at morality in our society. This man originated a scale, in which he explains his comprehension of human moral development. Kohlberg's postulate is "action determines the stage, not just conscience." He put toget...
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Characteristics of Connie in Where Are You Going Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oats
In the short story, Where Are You Going Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oats, Connie has one foot in the adult world and one foot still in childhood. Connie wants to be treated like an adult and have the privileges of an adult, but she still wants the benefits of being able to be carefree. Connies home life establishes...
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A Comparison of the Stories Good Country People and Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
There are many similarities between the short stories "Good Country People" and "Where are you going, Where have you been?", most notably their characters. Both stories contain a female protagonist, and a male antagonist, whose confrontations start out relatively normal, and progress to more and more sur...
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Poetic Techniques in There's Been a Death in the Opposite House by Emily Dickinson
Theres been a death in the opposite house, by Emily Dickinson. On the mechanical side, it is of iambic triameter to pentameter, including feminines. There is no significant assonance, consonance, or alliteration. The setting is in a small town, and the speaker is a neighbor watching this spectacle, who is making conclusi...
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An Analysis of Joyce Carol Oates's Short Story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been
The Devil's Advocate Is Arnold Friend the Devil in disguise in Joyce Carol Oates' short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" If one were to look at the facts surrounding the actual event this story was based on, any assumption that "Friend" was anything but a man would be thrown out due...
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Comparison between the Short Stories A&P by John Updike and Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates
There are many similarities between the short stories "A&P" and "Where are you going, Where have you been?" most notably their characters. Both stories contain a female protagonist, and a male antagonist, whose confrontations start out relatively normal, and progress to more and more surreal and twis...
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Transitions in Life in Joyce Carol Oates's Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been
Each of us experiences transitions in our lives. Some of these changes are small, like moving from one school semester to the next. Other times these changes are major, like the transition between youth and adulthood. In Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? the author dramatizes the decisive mo...
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A Review of the Story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
Karen Mott Eng 201 Mr. Bloodworth 24 Sept., 1999 Friend or Fiend? The persona of a psychopath appears to be much like any human. In many cases, one would not be able to "pick them out of a crowd". Their minds, however, differ greatly from most. A psychopath is extremely smart and methodical in thinking and m...
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