This shows how Connie, though only 15, wanted to experience adulthood behaviors. Critics have applied various literary theories and approaches to this fascinating and perplexing story. Connie appears to be a seemingly normal teenage female during the first few sentences: fifteen years old, physically beautiful, and appears semi-narcissistic. Her more erotic interest comes in the form of his style and physical appearance. The character of Arnold Friend is not the depiction of the devil but more on brutal reality.
This insecurity makes her completely vulnerable to the will of others, and is one of the things that eventually leads her to run off with Arnold Friend at the end of the story, a mysterious character whose purpose for kidnapping Connie is not clearly stated, but can be inferred easily; Connie is beautiful, and therefore desirable, for all the wrong reasons. As one reads on, underlying psychological issues begin to unearth themselves. Personality is shaped as the drives are modified by different conflicts at different times in childhood. Psychoanalytical theorists believe that human nature is deterministic , it is governed by irrational forces and the unconscious as well as instinctual and biological drives. It is unclear where the mysterious man with the gold jalopy is taking her, but it is safe to say that it is a place that Connie is destined to go due to these three issues. Tired of her boring and powerless childhood, Connie, the main character, searches for cheap thrills she likens to adulthood.
This hypothesis can also be supported by the details in this story. However, Connie surrenders herself to her desire at the end. The antagonist Arnold Friend, who symbolizes the devil, shows how simple it is to take away your safe haven through sinister acts. Although, back in the nineteenth century, feminist were viewed as strange and were quickly overlooked. Sure she is in her adolescent age and she has bad family relationships. In the same thing happen in the reality.
Connie meets Friend at a fly-infested restaurant, fly-infested symbolizing lack of morality. For example in this short story Connie's sexuality is repressed by her mother. This style of writing is common on many of her works including 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? When I was first introduced the story, I was acknowledged that this story is inspired by a real serial killer case that happened at that time. After the incident happened, Connie has no more future to look forward to. In the process, there is no physical violence involved.
One of the characters in the story is Pettinger girl, whose name includes the word petting, referring to the touching between people that causes sexual pleasure. Connie is described as a typical teenager: giggly and self-centered. I desperately wished that what happened to Connie would not happen to me that night. New York: Harper Collins, 2006. Disclaimer: content on this website is for informational purposes only. While writing Sartoris, Faulkner had also been working on The Sound.
Oates also symbolically portrays the anxiety Connie feels in choosing between adolescence and adulthood by depicting her standing at the doorway when Arnold Friend arrives at her house. While her parents are away at her aunt's barbecue, two men pull up in front of Connie's house and call her out. Representing the work of students from hundreds of institutions around the globe, Inquiries Journal's large database of academic articles is completely free. The fate of Connie at the end of the story is still up for debate after all these years after the story was published in 1966. He assured her that he was a good driver and they were just going to ride around. Moreover, the views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of Inquiries Journal or Student Pulse, its owners, staff, contributors, or affiliates.
I agree with Joyce M. And I believe that much more can be said. Discusses the realistic mode used by Joyce Carol Oates in the short story 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? It was inspired by a magazine story about a serial killer. It gives suspense since the story has no ending. The dominant personality is very common in the serial killers along with some other characteristics that can be concluded as the personality disorder.
Assuming that Connie goes with Arnold we can predict that maybe he is similar to Schmid, murdering Connie once he has her. Our behavior and feelings as adults including psychological problems are rooted in our childhood experiences. The psychoanalytic theory is when a reader pays close attention to the personality, state of mind, feelings, and desires of the author. First of all, the point of view is from a young, naïve fifteen year old girl; next, the theme of sexual In the short fiction Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? It is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. Patrick Paul Christle offers a detailed analysis of songs involved in the story as evidence that music strengthens the feminism theme.
These literary elements help bind the story together, in attempt to put the reader in her shoes. She found it familiar in the latter part of the story. Connie spends her time meeting boys, lounging around the house and going out with her friends. The name Ellie signifies the popular singer Elvis Presley, and Oscar a connection to the highest award possible in the pop-culture world. In the drive-in restaurant, she listens to the music when she enjoys attention and freedom.