Analysis Of Smooth Talk : Short Story Into Film Essay

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Rhetorical Analysis of “Smooth Talk: Short Story into Film” Joyce Carol Oates is an esteemed short story author with over forty novels, many of which have gone on to become films. Smooth Talk, one of such movies is based off of Oates’s short story, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” “Smooth Talk: Short Story into Film” is an essay response by Joyce Carol Oates to her short story and its movie counterpart in her book, (Woman) Writer: Occasions and Opportunities. The essay was published along with the book in 1988 by Dutton in New York (Oates 969). Oates discusses the inspiration behind her original short story, telling of a “tabloid psychopath known as ‘The Pied Piper of Tucson’” (969). Oates describes the appearance of the criminal, as well as his methods of murdering teenagers in Tucson, Arizona. She points out her interest in The Pied Piper’s character and details her process in the creation of the personalities in her short story. Through this essay, Oates clears the skepticism from many other published authors regarding the symbolism and imagery in “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by opening the discussion to her own opinions. Joyce Carol Oates grew up in New York and received a scholarship to Syracuse University where she graduated as valedictorian in 1960. Oates released her first book in 1963 and has been publishing her stories since. Oates began teaching at Princeton University in the 1970s. Oates begins the essay with an air of credibility as…

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