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Joyce Carol Oatess Where Are You Going Where Have You Been depicts a girl named Connie caught between two worlds adolescence and adulthood Like most teenagers as Connie explores her surroundings numerous temptations confront her Connies mother and her own intuition attempt to protect her from the wickedness in society but sometimes the allure of these enticements cry to one like a fire in the sunDylan 613 Joyce Carol Oates understands the powerful effect that boys can have on an adolescent girl and through the use of symbols she displays the potentially dangerous consequences that may result if one succumbs to their desires One of these symbols is suggested by colors especially light and dark Light imagery suggests insight while on the other hand darkness implies evil When Arnold calls upon Connie that Sunday she is wearing a bright green blouse Green traditionally implies fertility and youthful innocence but as time progresses during Arnolds visit Connies blouse becomes darkened with sweat Arnolds influence evokes a change in Connie and she begins to lose her ignorance of the evil that is present in society Joyce M Wegs describes Arnolds appearance as a grotesque portrait of a psychopathic killer616 His name appears on his car in tarlike black letters and both boys wear sunglasses as if they have an aversion for sunlight 583 Just as his eyes are masked Arnolds car is also masked with a new paint job But even the bright gold color can only manage to catch the sunlight opaquely582 as if what is lying beneath keeps it obscured Light illuminates this wickedness Even the name of Connies sister demonstrates this The month of June occurs during the summer and is generally associated with sunshine and warmth When her parents leave for the barbeque Connie dreamily basks in this sunshine as if it were a kind of love 582 Her sister appears plain and chunky and steady which is the opposite of Connie
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