When does the reader know the problem has been resolved in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The climax of "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" revolves around Connie hiding in her house from Arnold Friend and whether or not she will cave into Friend's demands that she leave the house and take a ride with him.  The reader knows the conflict has been resolved the moment she opens the screen door and ventures outside, Friend knows that he has won--the climax has been decided in his favor, and Connie has lost.  The story ends quickly, not going into detail about the resolution and Connie's dire fate at the hands of Friend, because Oates has already revealed what will become of Connie through Friend's ominous promises. 

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