I need a compare and contrast essay for "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There are a couple of challenges here.  The first is that you are not going to find the essay written for you here.  Tips and suggestions would be better for you given this forum.  Additionally, I think that you need to clearly identify what you are comparing and contrasting.  There are many elements from which you can choose given the story.  Perhaps, you could compare Connie at the start of the story to Connie at the end of it.  There is much in terms of richness in character that is present there.  You might also want to compare the narrative tone from the beginning to the end.  Another potential topic would be to compare how Arnold Friend starts off his relationship with Connie and how he ends it.  There is a certain level of fright present in how this transformation takes place.  I think that the most rich area of comparing and contrasting comes in the form of the relationship between Arnold and Connie because it reflects the movement from hunter to hunted.  At the start, Connie appears to be in total control and feels that she can handle the situation.  However, this is something that is challenged by the gravity of the setting and the emotional dynamic that is present, one that indicates that she is not in control and that Arnold is.  This, of course, possesses the sad ending that befalls upon Connie and all of those who make a dreadful miscalculation.

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