There are many similarities between the short stories good country people and where are you going, where have you been, most notably their characters. The discussion questions have been provided in advance to get you thinking while you read describe the main character analysis: connie, in where are going, where have you been. You don't have to have antigone's ethical idealism or ophelia's tragic passion to become something more than yourself, to rise above the everyday routine and do something meaningful connie may never enter the great tragic heroines hall of fame, but we think she deserves a spot. Joyce carol oates where are you going, where have you been socratic seminar questions period 6 answer 5 questions of your choosing in writing be sure to use blended quotes from the. Summary: analyzes the novel, where are you going, where have you been by joyce carol oates provides a character study of connie discusses the major theme of loss of innocence in the story where are you going, where have you been by joyce carol oates, fifteen-year-old connie was torn between.
A subtle use of symbolism within the story is the use of flies the flies show up when connie is in a crowd, this most likely represents how so many people are dead inside and so are followed by flies flies have been used through history in religious art as representatives of the devil, of the evil sins he plagues us. I need to write an outline for an examination of connie in joyce carol oates' story where are you going, where have you been and explore whether or not she would be a round or flat character. In the fictional story, where are you going, where have you been, joyce carol oates tells a thrilling story about connie, a young fifteen year old girl, who is put into a life or.
In joyce carol oates' short story, where are you going, where have you been oates depicts arnold friend as the devil we can see this through his physical description, strange seduction, and his supernatural knowledge of connie. This essay presents information about joyce carol oates' short story where are you going, where have you been the essay provides a plot summary of the novel and contextualizes the content through an exploration of historical, religious, scientific & technological, societal and biographical information. The story where are you going and where have you been has two main conflicts man vs man and man vs self connie in the story is faced with the conflict between herself and arnold friend the conflict is that she is continually allows herself to be a victim of arnold's manipulation. The real arnold friend where are you going, where have you been tells the story of a young girl named, connie, who is trying to grow up faster than her friends this 15-year-old girl is portrayed by author, joyce carol oates, as a seductive girl, only caring about herself.
Where are you going and the fatalism that stalks connie to her end the rhythm of the cold war, however, is not the first thing that strikes us about david hutter's occupied world. 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 the boys she. Where are you going, where have you been - oates joyce carol oates releases certain details of connie's and arnold's character slowly throughout their encounter, building tension and fear throughout. Without said foundation establishing the setting of where are you going, where have you been, this coming-of-age story of connie, not to mention american society, and her journey from the innocence of the 1950s into the bitter reality of the turbulent times of the 1960s would have been lost.
Published in 1966, the short story where are you going, where have you been by joyce carol oates is set somewhere in the suburbs of an unnamed town in the us (p 162, ll 33-37) time setting the main action spans over about an hour or so on a sunday, during midday. Connie and june's mother constantly compares connie's actions with june's, generally considering the older sister to have more sense and substance than connie does connie's mother has two sisters to whom she often complains about connie while praising june. Where are you going, where have you been is a story that all teenage girls can relate to it really reminded the readers how difficult life can be for a teenage girl because of all the pressure and feelings that come along with these angst-filled years her name was connie she was fifteen.
In joyce carol oates' where are you going, where have you been, the main character connie exemplifies the argument between the id and the superego—while her ego tries to balance the two—when she is trying to decide whether or not she is going to go for a. Paper where are you going, where have you been is a short story that poses many questions centered around the protagonist, connie and the antagonist arnold friend and his comrade ellie the fate of connie at the end of the story is still up for debate after all these years after the story was published in 1966. [arnold friend] now, what you're going to do is this: you're going to come out that door you're going to sit up front with me and ellie's going to sit in the back, the hell with ellie, right this isn't ellie's date. The short story where are you going, where have you been by joyce carol oates is full of symbolism that represents elements such as evil and loss of innocence the symbolism is a crucial part of the story because it helps the reader to read between the lines and see beyond the obvious meanings of.
The story of where are you going, where have you been tells how a girl fails to resist temptation of her desire and lead to self-ruin the author depicts the struggle of her ego, the sensational part, against her id represented by arnold friend with superego absent. After reading the various thoughts from other writers on where are you going, where have you been, i'm thinking a fair maiden may be worth another go where did the story come from included in this collection is the original life magazine article that piqued oates' interest and served as the idea for the characters. In the short story where are you going, where have you been by joyce carol oates, many literary devices are used to convey the change from childhood to adolescence and sexuality throughout this tale, connie, the main character, goes back and forth between innocence and maturity, showing two very different sides. Oates's realism often garners such praise critics and readers alike have commended the presentation of the story's central character, connie, as a typical teenager with whom readers may identify, dislike, or even pity.