Denouement Arnold orders Connie to hang up the phone and join him in his car. People may ask how a person became a serial killer. The answer usually lies in the development of the individual from birth to adulthood.
Again, music shows as a guide that leads her to instinctual impulses. Understanding Joyce Carol Oates. Again many critics would believe that Oates took the title from a verse in the Old Testament Judges Since Connie falls into the low self-esteem category, it is possible that she feels this way about her life.
Though she spends her time in the restaurant with older boys, she is still reliant on others to take her home. His name, Arnold Friend, is written next to a picture of a round smiling face, which Connie thinks resembles a pumpkin with sunglasses.
She tells him to leave and threatens to call the police. They are looking for the right kind of boys. Also some critics suggest that Oates is symbolically linking Friend to the Devil, or to the common perception of the Devil.
Known as the Pied Piper of Tucson, Schmid befriended his victims, partying and hanging out with them, before he murdered them.
She is constantly in search of who she is. There are many motivations including anger, thrill, financial gain, attention seeking and revival.
We can postulate that she may be shallow and self-absorbed, but she is also harmless and unfamiliar with the dangerous world of which she so wants to be a part. Symbolically this may also suggest that Connie is not yet ready to be independent, she is after all only fifteen years old.
Work Cited Rhodes, Bess. She is startled by the noise of a car coming up her driveway. Also worrisome, however, are her relationships with the members of her family. And Arnold Friend tempts Connie later in the story by uttering the truth of her deepest desire in an order tone.
All the seemingly unrelated details and plots now become clear and reasonable, all the dots have been connected when we looking backwards. He too looks much older than Connie, which makes her feel dizzy with fear.May 31, · Joyce Carol Oates' story is about a young girl, at the edge of adulthood.
Just like any teenager she sneaks around, going to a drive-in restaurant to meet boys rather than to the movies like she told her mi-centre.coms: 1. May 20, · “A Psychological Analysis of Connie: A Feminist Viewpoint of “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Footlights, n.d.
Web. 21 April Oates, Joyce Carol. Literary Devices in Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory "The music was always in the background," the narrator tells us, "like music in a church service, it was something to depend upon" (6).
It is perhaps an understatement to say that the character Connie in Joyce Carol Oates’s short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” has a lot of issues. Oates has provided the perfect character to undergo a healthy dose of psychoanalytic criticism.
An Analysis of Connie's Suicide in Joyce Carol Oates's Short Story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? It is no wonder that “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is the most frequently anthologized and critically acclaimed of Oates’s short stories.Download