Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Questions and Answers

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

This question is asking for a basic plot analysis. Often teachers will make students graph these sections out on a pyramid or triangle. The exposition in this story is the introduction to setting,...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2018 1:00 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

The protagonist, Connie, faces an internal conflict in this short story. As the story opens, she is a rebellious fifteen-year-old who believes that she is smarter than her parents and older sister....

Latest answer posted March 30, 2021 10:57 am UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Although Joyce Carol Oates drew on journalistic reports about abductions, rapes, and murders, her short story is fiction. There is no way to determine what “really” happens to a fictional...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2020 5:44 am UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

There is no intimacy or tenderness in the relationships that Connie has with her family members. Her parents also have little, if any, knowledge of Connie's associations and activities. A pretty...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2018 11:17 am UTC

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Arnold Friend symbolizes the exact opposite of what his name implies: he represents danger, potential pedophilia, and the end of life as Connie knows it. We get to know Connie as a typical vain...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2020 10:37 am UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

In this story, Connie transforms from a girl who seeks to validate her own superficial ideas to one who is willing to sacrifice herself for her family. As the story opens, Connie bases her...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 2:36 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

In her 1990 journal article published in Studies in Short Fiction entitled "The Shadow of a Satyr in Oates's 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" literary critic Joan Easterly posits that...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2017 10:31 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Joyce Carol Oates wrote her short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" after reading about the 1950s serial murders of Charles Schmid, a story that was profiled in Life magazine. For...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2016 1:26 am UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

The story continually iterates Connie's sense of herself as being "different" or somehow exceptional in her own mind, even though most readers will recognize her as being a fairly normal teenage...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2018 2:16 am UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

The external conflict that most directly leads to the climax centers between Connie and Arnold Friend. When Connie's family leaves her home alone, Arnold unexpectedly shows up at her house, telling...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 12:42 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

One interesting topic would be to examine the character of Arnold Friend. He certainly is a creepy character, and he seems to know more information about Connie than should be possible for a...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2020 12:33 am UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Joyce Carol Oates' title "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" supports the larger themes of journey and discovery within her short story. The protagonist Connie dreams of growing up and...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2012 12:49 am UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

There is much about Joyce Carol Oates’ short story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? that suggests a strong religious undertone, from Oates’ reference to Connie’s family ritualistically...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2014 4:09 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

To some extent, there are various and/or multiple answers to this question. I don't think that a reader could provide an absolute definitive answer as to specifically why Connie goes with Arnold...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018 2:55 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Inspired to write her short story "Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?" after reading an account in Life magazine of a strangely influential young man who lured and then killed several girls...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2011 10:15 am UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

I think there is a clear anxiety of authorship present in this story. Oates was suggesting some pretty taboo thing during the course of the book, but the way Connie describes her memories as...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2012 3:24 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

There may be a number of symbolic interpretations of this gesture. The previous answer discusses Arnold Friend as a possible representation of 'the devil." I personally don't think this is a...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2009 5:10 am UTC

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The way Friend leers at Connie, you might think these numbers are a woman's measurements: bust 33, waist 19, hips 17; but that would make an unusual looking woman. Perhaps he is referring to John...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2008 4:05 am UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

One way Oates creates suspense is through the use of tone. Oates employs a serious tone in spite of Connie's behaviors that lean toward deviating from her parents' rules and finding ways to make...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2019 12:45 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Allegory is defined by Miriam-Webster as the expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths or generalizations about human existence. Therefore, with this definition in...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2013 5:51 pm UTC

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Time magazine described Schmid as a guy who "always had wheels, money, tall tales and an inexhaustible supply of available girls' phone numbers." Likewise, Arnold Friend arrives in Connie's yard...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2019 4:48 pm UTC

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“Where are You Going, Where have You Been” (1966) is arguably Joyce Carol Oates’s best-known short story, also distinguished because of the presence of Arnold Friend, one of contemporary...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2019 5:13 pm UTC

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In "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates, Arnold Friend's car can represent a number of things. To teenagers, cars can represent anything from maturity to freedom to...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2019 9:06 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

I am not allowed to write an essay for you, but I believe that I can get you on the right track by answering several of the questions in the prompt. There are several conflicts in "Where Are You...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2017 9:40 pm UTC

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Mood and tone are often confused or even used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. Tone refers to the author's or speaker's attitude about something, and mood refers to the feelings...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 8:35 pm UTC

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Immediately, the reader knows that music has a significant role in the Joyce Carol Oates’s short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" with the dedication to Bob Dylan. Oates later said...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2019 11:13 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Arnold Friend, in Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" wears boots. Surprisingly, the reader may be able to glean important information by studying the author's...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2012 3:59 am UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

The short story “Where are you going, where have you been?” by Joyce Carol Oates, first published in 1966, was inspired by the true story of a murderer and his crime. It’s a disturbing story which...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2018 2:53 am UTC

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Identity in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" acts to separate Connie from her family emotionally and then physically as Arnold Friend misrepresents his own identity to her. Connie's...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2017 5:33 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

A "coming of age" story tells of a protagonist who, due to some internal or external conflict, is moved from childlike innocence to a more adult like understanding of the world. In this story,...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019 4:50 am UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

This is a very good question. My version of the story has a dedication to Bob Dylan, and I wondered why.First, music is important to all teenagers. As Oates says in the story, music "made...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2008 8:18 am UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

The short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates tells of a fifteen-year-old girl named Connie who deceives her parents by telling them that she is going to movies...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019 1:21 am UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?,” 15-year-old Connie feels stifled by her boring home life and oppressive mother. She feels alienated and disconnected from her family for various...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2020 3:37 am UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" is a classic short story written by Joyce Carol Oates. The story explores themes of trust, sexuality, and religion. In the story, Connie, a young and...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2018 5:05 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

I think that Arnold Friend could be seen as a devil- like figure through his appearance. On one hand, Friend's appearance is one where he wishes to look younger than he actually is. The duplicity...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2012 11:38 am UTC

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Arnold Friend seems to be the manifestation of evil. Removing the letter R from both his first and last name leaves the reader with "an old fiend," which is a pretty stern implication that Arnold...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 12:36 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the story, Connie is proud of her beauty and seems to value herself largely according to the way she looks. She doesn't appear to be aware that there is any value outside of her...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2019 12:37 pm UTC

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I think that the story constructs a physical notion of beauty that is alluring and yet one predicated upon entrapment. Connie is obsessed with her beauty. Her mother constantly tells her to stop...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2011 9:23 am UTC

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I think that if there is a search for the examples of the theme of appearance versus reality, there is much in the work to suggest this as being quite valid. On one hand, Connie seems to be a girl...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2011 9:07 pm UTC

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The title overtly applies to the frequent questions which Connie's mother plagues her with. In response to these questions, Connie lies and is surprised at the apparent "simplicity" of her mother...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2011 6:45 pm UTC

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Since Joyce Carol Oates was inspired to write "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" after reading of the deaths of teenage girls who were seduced and raped by a young man in Tuscon, Arizona in...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2010 1:26 am UTC

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In Joyce Carol Oates' short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", Joyce serves as a foil for the character of Connie. A 'foil' is a literary term for a character that the author uses...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2012 4:28 am UTC

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Arnold Friend's physical description is deliberately presented by Oates as being similar to that of Bob Dylan. This is not surprising given that the book is actually dedicated to Bob Dylan and that...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2018 10:40 am UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

The ending of the short story is one where everything has changed. Connie is almost transcendent in how her world has changed, and how everything is "round." In this light, it is difficult to...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2011 9:18 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Joyce Carol Oates based her short story on an actual serial killer from the late 1950s. "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" describes one naive girl's fall into the hands of the wrong...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2012 3:45 pm UTC

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Joyce Carol Oates has spoken about the influence of Bob Dylan's song "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" and Life magazine's story about Charles Schmid, a serial murderer who preyed on teen girls in the...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2018 1:10 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

The famous short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates tells of an attractive 15-year-old girl named Connie who is abducted by an older stranger named Arnold...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2019 3:23 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by author Joyce Carol Oates, Connie is the main character, a fifteen-year-old girl leading a relatively normal life. Connie appears superficial...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2016 8:08 pm UTC

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Both Queenie and Connie attract the advances of males that they are not interested in. In "A&P," Sammy notices the minute details of Queenie as she walks around the store with her friends. He...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2019 11:52 pm UTC

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The first adjective that comes to mind to describe Connie is "vain." She is aware that she is pretty, and, despite her mother's admonition to "stop gawking at yourself," Connie has a habit of...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2017 11:29 pm UTC

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