Where are you going, where have you been is a frequently anthologized short story written by joyce carol oates the story first appeared in the fall 1966 edition of epoch magazine. Oates's masterful mixing of literal and figurative, psychological and allegorical levels makes where are you going, where have you been a powerful and fascinating story. Where have you been joyce carol oates' story is about a young girl, at the edge of adulthood just like any teenager she sneaks around, going to a drive-in restaurant to meet boys rather than to the movies like she told her family.
Is a short story written in readable, contemporary english - nothing arcane, no special vocabulary we're giving it a 3 instead of 1 on the tough plot analysis. Where are you going, where have you been is a short story by joyce carol oates that was first published in 1966. The short story where are you going, where have you been by joyce carol oates can be interpreted from a feminist perspective there are many parts of the story that seem to symbolize the oppression of women.
Joyce carol oates: where are you going, where have you been page 2 of 11 they would lean togetber to whisper and laugh secretly if someone passed who amused or. An unprecedented collection of the best of joyce carol oates's short stories combined with eleven new stories no other writer can match the impressive oeuvre of joyce carol oates, and  by randy souther posted on december 21, 2017. Initial situation connie is a typical fifteen-year-old living in an american suburb in this initial situation, the story introduces us to connie, a pretty but air-headed teenager who seems terribly ordinary.
It is perhaps an understatement to say that the character connie in joyce carol oates's short story where are you going, where have you been has a lot of issues oates has provided the perfect character to undergo a healthy dose of psychoanalytic criticism. 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 with him in his car. Where are you going, where have you been study guide contains a biography of joyce carol oates, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis of the short story where are you going, where have you been. Where have you been' at celestial timepiece, the joyce carol oates pages of the university of san francisco joyce carol oates is is a novelist, critic, playwright, poet, and a recipient of the national book award and the pen/malamud award for excellence in short fiction.
Where are you going, where have you been joyce carol oates (full a good man is hard to find, by flannery o'connor (analysis & interpretation greasy lake- short story response. Joyce carol oates's story can be interpreted as an enactment of the familiar rite of passage theme in literature moreover, oates's story is influenced by the work of arnold van gennep, an early. A long post, but i hope you'll bear with me this story freaked me out in fact, i'm reminded of the first line vincent bugliosi wrote in his book helter-skelter, but i think it's a fitting description for joyce carol oates' short story as well: the story in which you are about to read will scare the hell out of you. Music is constantly mentioned in the short story, as connie listens to it at the restaurant, at home and even arnold and ellie come with a radio in the car consequently, we can say that music functions as a link or a bridge between different stages in the short story and helps with the theme of versions of reality.
An analysis of joyce carol oates' where are you going, where have you been joyce carol oates is one of the most productive writers of our time between 1971-95, oates published twenty-five novels, eighteen short story compilations, three collections of novellas, five volumes of poetry, six editions of plays, eight books of essays, and. Joyce carol oates' short story where are you going, where have you been exposes two sides: an offender's tenacity in coming up with tricky plans to lure the victim and the victim's weakness and naïveté in handling the situationposed by the offender. A short summary of joyce carol oates's where are you going, where have you been this free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of where are you going, where have you been.