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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 moment people face when at the crossroads between the illusions and innocence of youth and the uncertain future Joyce Carol Oates message of life and transitions is best understood when the reader brings his or her interpretation to meet with the authors intention at a middle ground In this story of life passages and crucial events it is imperative that the reader has a solid response to Oates efforts in order to fully comprehend the message The author begins her message with the title of her work which conveys the idea of passages of time in life The phrase where are you going suggests a time in the future and the phrase where have you been evokes the past Oates message continues through the plot and characters Where Are You Going Where Have You Been consists of two main focus scenes the world Connie thrives in and the day everything in it changes The story begins by introducing the reader to Connie the protagonist world The story is written in limited point of view in the third person The reader is allowed into the private thoughts of Connie only making her the focal point and heroine of the story The author begins the story with Connies life to establish a world we can grow familiar with so we will later feel the experience of the foundation dropping out Connie is an attractive fifteen year old girl easily recognized by the reader as the epitome of a teenager Her world is full of rock and roll music friends fun and fantasy She spends the summer
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