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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

What are the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of the short story "Where Are You...

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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What really happened to Connie? Did she die?

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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What conflicts are present in Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

The most evident conflict in the Oates short story exists between Arnold Friend and Connie. This does not start out as conflict. Rather, it is one where her desire for attention and notoriety has...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2011 2:55 am UTC

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Where Are You Going Where Have You Been Thesis

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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What do you think Arnold Friend symbolizes in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"

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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Write a character analysis of Connie in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.

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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What are the external and internal conflicts in "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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Describe Connie's relationship with her mother, father, and sister.

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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What do the numbers written on Arnold Friend's car (33, 19, and 17) signify in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You...

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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What was Oates' purpose in writing the short story "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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Explain why Connie gives in to Arnold in "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?

Ellie Oscar

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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Why is Connie’s sister June included in the story and how does her characterization serve to highlight Connie’s?

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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What can Connie symbolize in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates's "Where Are You Going,...

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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How does Connie's attitude about her beauty change throughout the story? Does her change in attitude in any way...

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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Describe the ways in which the story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" generates suspense. At which points...

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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What are the allegorical elements in "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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What does the title "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" mean?

In accordance with the above observations that there is the absence of a parent asking the questions posed in the title, it is interesting to note that the father of Connie's best girlfriend "drove...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2012 7:19 am UTC

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Oates has called her story a "realistic allegory." What are the allegorical elements in "Where Are You Going, Where...

“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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What could Arnold's drawing of an X in the air symbolize?

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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What are some of the weapons that Arnold uses against Connie in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been"? Identify...

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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Identify the significance of "music" to the overall meaning or theme of the story "Where Are You Going, Where Have...

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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What does the title "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" signify?  

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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What is the thesis statement of "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"

As the other posts mention, a work of fiction doesn't have a thesis. Those are typically reserved for argument papers, which defend a particular position. So, you're likely looking for one of two...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2019 3:58 am UTC

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Why did Oates dedicate the short story to Bob Dylan? "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates's short story was published in a collection entitled, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?: Stories of Young America, a title which indicates Oates's ongoing interest in...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2011 6:58 am UTC

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What is the role of identity within “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” How should identity be formed in...

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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What techniques does Oates employ to make connie an individual three dimensional character? Joyce Carol Oates is...

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 "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" do the descriptions of Arnold Friend—his face, his clothing, his...

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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how did the story end? did it end the way you would have ended it? explain how did the story end? did it end the way...

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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Please identify the “mood” of Joyce Carol Oates' “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

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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What are some symbols from "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" that are important, and what are...

There's an interesting discussion of the symbolism of music on the following page: http://www.enotes.com/where-are/q-and-a/discuss-symbolic-importance-music-story-17105 In addition to this...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2008 3:20 am UTC

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Why is music so important to Connie and to the story as a whole in "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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Discuss the irony in Oates's short story, "Where Are You Going?  Where Have You Been?"

Irony is essentially when the actual meaning of something is the complete opposite of its literal meaning. Thus, there is one truly great irony in Joyce Carol Oates's story, "Where Are You Going?...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2019 2:03 am UTC

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Write about Arnold Friend's car. What does a car typically symbolize to teenagers? What do you make of Friend's funky...

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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What are the similarities between Arnold Friend in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" and serial killer...

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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In Joyce Carol Oates' "Where are you going, Where have you been?" what is the tone of the story?

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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Compare and contrast Connie of "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" by Joyce Carol Oates with Queenie of...

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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How does Arnold Friend appear devil-like in "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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What is a character analysis of Connie from the short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Oates?

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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In "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", how does June function in the story?

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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In Joyce Carol Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", is Connie a typical teenage girl of her time and...

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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Why does Connie go off with Arnold Friend

In Joyce Carol Oat's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?," Arnold seems to have some kind of hypnotic control over Connie. It is not so much that he does something purposeful as if literally...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2017 3:44 am UTC

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What are some of the literary devices used in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates? 

In addition to the first Educator's observations, this chilling short story uses a motif and an archetype. A motif is a mental hitching post of sorts: it is an object or phrase that appears...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2017 3:20 am UTC

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Given Oates's story, "Where are you going? Where have you been?," address the following questions:   1. To what...

A distinct aspect of Connie's characterization is that she is not very likable at the story's exposition. Evoking sympathy for Connie is difficult because she barricades herself from the world with...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2014 11:01 pm UTC

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In what ways has Connie's worldview been shaped by her culture, and how do her character traits make her an easy...

Personally, I think it was both Connie's naive nature and vanity and a little bit of societal expectations that made Connie an easy target. Connie is a typical teenager for this time period in...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2008 11:21 am UTC

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Discuss any parallelism between Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and any of the versions of the...

"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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What are some of Connie's most important character traits?

The conflict between appearance and reality is one of the themes in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", and the young girl Connie underscores this conflict. Several of her character traits...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2019 2:47 pm UTC

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What is the symbolic importance of music in "Where are you Going, Where Have You Been?" Why is music so important to...

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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What about Joyce Carol Oates' short story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? supports an interpretation of it...

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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What does the story tell us about how physical beauty is perceived by the society?

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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