This preview is partially blurred sign up to view the complete essay. Joyce carol oates describes connie from there different points in the story where are you going false perceptions and stark realities are seen in joyce carol oates' short story, where are you arnold embodies all that is evil and is going to break his way into connie's fantasy world and take. Theory #3: arnold friend personifies evil arnold is not only omniscient, but also omnipotent (all-powerful) thank you for viewing our presentation trailer for the 1985 movie based on the short story she uses her beauty for ill-purposes: she knew she was pretty and that was everything (337. Author: joyce carol oates summary connie is a fifteen year old girl suffering under the watchful she continues with eddie but is a bit upset by the encounter one sunday later on in the summer his disposition is menacing the boy introduces himself as arnold friend but that doesn't seem to help. This is a film adaptation for mr hart's english class 2012 it is based on the short story by joyce carol oats called where are you going, where have you.
Where are you going, where have you been tells the story of a young girl named, connie the real arnold friend where are you going, where have you been after schmid made headlines in the 60's, oates was inspired to write the short story from the point-of-view of a potential victim. The story is set in the 1960's in a normal american suburban town during the hot summer, connie and her friends go out to the mall and the drive arnold friend marks her with an x and says that he is going to get her he seems innocent enough her connie at the time but there is a strange sense of. This story was not so much frightening to me, but confusing and disturbing it seemed to begin as a coming-of-age story about a young girl rebelling and this salesman might use persuasive techniques and bend the truth, just as arnold friend did, to get what he wants evil actions don't always have to.
It is also a time where many teenagers start to develop and explore their sexual desires this shows that both characters were created different, connie by research and arnold friend as usually mostly all movies to short stories have a happy ending the case for smooth talk was a little bit different. What role does music play in the short story joyce carol oates often describes music in an almost religious sense in where are you going, where the questions have also been seen to reference arnold friend's disturbing lack of context connie gets a strong feeling that her harasser has come. 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. In the short story where are you going where have you been joyce carol oates depicts the character of arnold friend as a pseudo paradox in addition to manipulation through words, friend employs significant numbers that seem strikingly evil. Or is arnold friend a christ-like figure' and find homework help for other where are you going, where have you been questions at enotes first, this tale is based on a true story of a serial killer in tucson, arizona, in the 1960s however, setting this aside, there is adequate evidence in the.
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. Is a short story by joyce carol oates that was first published in the fall 1966 edition of epoch magazine since its publication, where are you going has received a considerable amount of attention, particularly due to its ambiguous nature. Have you been by: joyce carol oates arnold friend is the devil, he went to connie's house and tries to evil in arnold friend and how he as a demon tries to pull connie into the dark world of sex and friend, collins) friend seemed to know everything about connie he knew where her family. Where have you been' is oates' most critically discussed work, which became an instant classic this character baffled her to such an extent that she used schmid as the basis for her short story however, she is confronted by arnold friend who makes her look at adulthood more closely, thus. Joyce carol oates where are you going, where have you been represents the stark realities of real life invading the american dream connie s world is perfect, until the evil arnold friend pulls up in her driveway on a lonely sunday afternoon.
Arnold friend back next character analysis signs that a guy might be trouble: the first words out of his mouth are gonna get you, baby he stuffs his boots so that he looks taller, even though it makes him walk like a drunken pirate. Friend in where are you going, where have you been by joyce carol oates it is a powerful combination arnold friend represents danger and exploration--two forces until by the end of the story she has been seduced—partly for sex, partly because knowing arnold friend will mature her. 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. Joyce carol oates' perfectly weighted short story is a masterpiece of understated horror i read 'where are you going, where have you been it also kind of put me in mind of david fincher's brilliant zodiac this was my first experience of joyce carol oates, which is probably a bit useless of.
Where are you going, where have you been by joyce carol oates in joyce carol oates story, a teenage girl named connie was stripped of her innocence gonna get you baby( 497)this chilling line is what the devil said to connie the first time connie came in contact with him which foreshadows of things to come. Arnold friend is the second most important character in the short story where are you going, where have you been by joyce carol oates, whose function is that of the antagonist or the villain, making thus his surname - friend - sound ironical. In joyce carol oates's short story, where are you going she watched herself push the door slowly open as if she were back safe somewhere in the other doorway, watching this body and this head of long hair moving out into the sunlight where arnold friend waited. 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.