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

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Register to read the introduction… Sen’s” by Jhumpa Lahiri, a young boy named Eliot is taken care of by an Indian woman named Mrs. Sen until she crashes her husband’s car while driving Eliot without a license. In Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, a young girl named Connie is visited by a mysterious man named Arnold Friend who tries to make her get in his car by threatening the lives of her and her family. The responsibilities and emotions of adulthood are thrust at Elliot and Connie, and as they make this rapid transition they notice the scenery around them. In their respective stories, Eliot and Connie have a moment in which they realize they have reached a turning point in their life. To illustrate this transition, Jhumpa Lahiri and Joyce Carol Oates use horizon in the final scene to convey how Eliot and Connie respond to their premature ascension into …show more content…
For the first time in his life, Eliot comes to his own home after school, finding it empty and foreign, and receives a call from his mom. “Eliot looked out the kitchen window, at gray waves receding from the shore, and said that he was fine” (135). During his time with Mrs. Sen, the kitchen was always a place filled with activity, distracting him and keeping him company. Instead, in his own home, he notices only the waves moving upon the sand, with no TV to entertain him. In his hand his house key instead of comics, and on his shoulders the burden of adult responsibilities instead of the freedom of childhood. Just as Eliot notices the waves in front of him as he makes this premature transition, Connie notices the vast land surrounding her as she involuntarily walks towards Arnold Friend, “‘My sweet little blue-eyed girl’, he said in a half-sung sigh that had nothing to do with her brown eyes but was taken up just the same by the vast sunlit reaches of the land behind him and on all sides of him—so much land that Connie had never seen before and did not recognize except to know that she was going to it” (333). Instead of looking into Arnold Friend’s eyes with fear and loathing, Connie sees the far reaching land all around her. The land is around Connie is “sunlit”, unlike her experiences with Arnold

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