TITLE

Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"

AUTHOR(S)
Caldwell, Tracy M.
PUB. DATE
March 2006
SOURCE
Literary Contexts in Short Stories: Joyce Carol Oates's 'Where A;2006, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
This essay presents information about Joyce Carol Oates' short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" The essay provides a plot summary of the novel and contextualizes the content through an exploration of historical, religious, scientific & technological, societal and biographical information. Connie, the protagonist, is fifteen. And, like many American teenagers, overly obsessed with her appearance as an attractive and sexually alluring young woman. Connie's identity is dangerously shaped by external influences. Oates deals with several elements of society and culture in the text. She explores the idea that even though Connie is from a good family and appears to be educated and cared for, she is not immune to becoming a victim. Oates explores the influence of peers and society on teenagers' actions, with a focus on the dichotomy between rigid parental expectations about moral behavior and those suggested via popular songs and movies. The ease with which Connie is lured from her home reflects how innocence can be easily corrupted, and young people led astray.
ACCESSION #
18898051

 

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