The journey between childhood and adulthood is frustrating and confusing, and in most adolescents, is filled with apprehension and anxiety. She is self-conscious about her looks and is constantly worried about how other people perceive her. In the end Connie goes with Arnold without him using any physical force. Many people feel that it is Connie¹s compulsive sex drive that destroys her in the end. The play indicates that he started wooing her long before Hamlet's father was dead, hence their getting married so quickly after his death.
Connie's comprehension of the outcome of her search for independence is both heartbreaking and brutal. Since she was incompetent in realizing how teenagers interpret the music than adult figures, Connie is vulnerable when Arnold threatens her to come to him because of the rock music that is being allotted to teenagers. Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? I hope you will continue reading with an open mind as I try to explain. Though the story follows Connie closely the third person omniscient point of view allows for developed story as Oates writes a warning to young girls everywhere. The decade of the 1960s began as a continuation of the 1950s, a time where many of the realities of daily life were either swept under the rug or ignored completely.
In this passage Connie relates Arnold to a Halloween figure and in the same quote refers to Arnold as ³it². On a Sunday, while her parents are at a picnic at her aunt's house that Connie refused to attend, the boy in the gold convertible drives to her house. Connie is a typical teenage girl with a desperate need for independence. Arnold not only knows what is going on in the world around Connie, but also what she is thinking and how she is as a person. Connie has a girlfriend who she enjoys going to the mall with.
When death, here embodied by Arnold Friend, comes for the modern maiden Connie, she is initially curious, interested in the attention she is receiving from an older man. In a perfect world, there is no such thing as crime and every action committed by a person has a positive outcome. Yet new cultural paradigms are opening up a much wider world with new horrors for young women like Connie. Another interesting word choice that Oates uses is when Arnold is talking perversely to Connie and she comes back with ³People don¹t talk like that, you¹re crazy,² Oates 1017. Arnold seems to be pressuring Connie from the start and is obviously not there just to take her for a ride. Yet we carry on and make decisions that may or may not shape what our lives turn out to be.
Maybe he was hiding his devil horns. One of the boys noticed something floating in the water that immediately draws his attention. Lost in a fantasy world, Connie, a self-absorbed 15-year-old girl, spends much of her time going out with her friends and meeting older boys. She learns to dress in a manner that is appealing to boys yet Connie, the main character does not want to be pursued by older men. Only the devil could do this to a person. ² Studies in Short Fiction Summer, 1991: 371-375.
It looks as if they were submit- ted. She is in actuality standing in a threshold of adulthood. The apple that is, outside involvements that could, at least that much. In order to achieve our goals we involuntarily put ourselves in an unwanted situation. If you require assistance with your doctoral dissertation, masters thesis, Ph.
As one who always been deprived of father-figure, she feels the need to acquire attention from boys in order to fill that void. They have left childhood but have not yet reached adulthood. That is exactly the attention that she does get. Connie is a pretty girl to into her own attractiveness that eventually gets her into trouble with a guy named Arnold. She may go into an alley with a boy for a few hours, but no matter what happens there, she will eventually be driven back home to the familiarity of her family.
Her sins, those of vanity and perhaps ignorance, are those of every teenager in the country. We all live day by day wondering what God's will is for our lives. Through the story life gives her a test, to confront Arnold Friend, the antagonist of the story; who possesses a nefarious power beyond her own experience. The story is dedicated to Bob Dylan, one of many whose music proclaimed and celebrated the changes in American life and culture which were about to occur. Similarly, religion, perhaps the most traditional moral authority in American history, is completely absent. When Connie is at home, she acts childlike.
Joyce Carol Oates has confirmed that an article on Schmid helped spark the initial idea behind the story. Conclusion The Story of Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Arnold Friend is presented through both actions and appearances, and these combine to diminish his likeability, while adding to his devilish persona. Joyce Carol Oates' message assertion. She grew up on a farm with her parents. Their entire interaction is surreal, filled with secret codes, special signs, and apparently supernatural powers, prompting certain critics to brand the episode a dream or, more accurately, a nightmare. A very arrogant and selfish girl that in her world the only thing that matters is how many heads she can turn when walking into a room. It seems that all people have to look to deal with their past in order to move toward their future.