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

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Because it is a work of artistic fiction, rather than an essay or a purely didactic story (like a fable, which might have a clear thesis),   "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" does not have a specific thesis. It is not an argument. Instead, various themes are developed.

If we had to impose a thesis statement on the story, based on actions, we might try the following:

Because the world is not what it seems to be, you have to be careful, especially when you are young.  

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