Becky, her supposed best friend, is a footnote in her life. Thanks for the comment Sarah. He also wears a wig, make up to look tan and stuffs his boots to appear taller. She is always wrapped up in herself and thinks she has all the answers. It was inspired by three murders committed by , which were profiled in magazine in an article written by Don Moser on March 4, 1966. It also has some mysterious numbers painted on its side ' 33, 19, 17'. Connie's family goes for a barbecue at an aunt's house, leaving Connie home alone.
His smooth threats soon pay off, and Connie soon follows. What is your take on this? Written in 1966 and narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator, most critics would agree that the story is based on the crimes committed by. Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Observe that only men in the story drive, and never the women. Thanks for the comment Valerie. Connie liked the way he was dressed, which was the way all of them dressed: tight faded jeans stuffed into black, scuffed boots a belt that pulled his waist in and showed how lean he was, and a white pull-over shirt that was a little soiled and showed the hard small muscles of his arms and shoulders. Demeter, the goddess who controlled the seasons and harvest, was so distraught that the land became barren.
This stranger appeared on her doorstep purporting to keep an assignation that did not exist. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. Schmid killed three young women before he was caught. She recognizes the driver to be the same unpleasant guy. A weapon against temptation, sin, Satan.
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. She shrugs it off as a creepy guy. Connie presents to the reader characteristics reflecting that of any teenager. The narrator implies that Arnold Friend is Satan by giving certain clues that the reader can easily deduce. The significance of this act meant that she would have to return to the underworld. When Arnold Friend arrives and interacts with her as the mature woman she has pretended to be, he yanks her out of her childhood adventures and places her firmly into an adult world from which no one will rescue her.
Oates also provides a hint in the story which would suggest the title is taken from the bible. She told the story using this type of narration because it makes things less straightforward but more creative and interpretive for the reader, along with less confusing for someone to understand, rather than if it was being told by Connie or Arnold Friend. By blending the mythical elements of the Persephone myth with rock music and the invincible attitude of Connie, Oates highlights the dangers of modern youth. Similarly, religion, perhaps the most traditional moral authority in American history, is completely absent. This character baffled her to such an extent that she used Schmid as the basis for her short story. She also comes off as a big flirt but when she gets stuck in the situation with Arnold she does not know how to handle it. June is level headed, works as a secretary and appears to be in control of her life.
It is also possible that Oates is placing a spotlight on men too. Ignoring him, Connie and Ernie spend hours together visiting different restaurants, and then at an alley. Actions in the story were meant by Oats to be inferred about what actually happened, so therefore told the story using a narrator in a third person point of view. The way she presents herself is another theme in the story, appearance and reality. From the golden color, to the painted phrases and number, all act like a flame attracting the moth towards him. The author leaves Connie's fate unmentioned.
The car also shows the self-absorbed mentality of the owner. On the other side of the situation is Arnold Friend, and his appearance is much different from how he is in reality. Without the narrator this short story would be much more dull and drab. It is clear that Connie mother is a little envies of her. Though June works hard and would seem to be going in the right direction, Connie, possibly through naivety believes that her looks will carry her through to maturity.
. Connie soon leaves her friend sitting at the drive-in and goes out with Ernie to his car. The line between fantasy and reality is blurred by Arnold himself, who never quite falls into one category or the other. She gets creeped out and Arnold also makes the reader feel creeped out and uncomfortable for her. The story mostly revolves around Connie, with little attention towards her mother and sister, and almost no attention towards her father.
This style of writing is common on many of her works including 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Some critics also suggest that Fiend or the devil is wearing boots in order to hide his hooves. The code on the car always seems to intrigue readers. Her experiments with creating a sexy appearance and enticing boys in the local diner serve as her attempt to explore new worlds as well as a new side of herself. She is not easily persuaded. Teenagers were highly mesmerized by popular rock bands and movies. Connie is a pretty fifteen year-old girl, beginning the process of maturation into adulthood. This follows up comments I posted at the Selected Shorts website after they broadcast a reading of this short story.
Symbols Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been is full of many symbolic references. In this short story, the main character is a fifteen year old girl, named Connie. The real life criminal Charles Schmid also played a role in the development of Arnold Friend's character. Her days are filled with vague, saccharine fantasies about boys and love. Perhaps, as fractured as she is, Connie still retains the ability to decide to sacrifice herself for her family.