What Is Feministism In Where Are You Going Where Have You Been

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Connie, the protagonist of a time period where women are seen as objects, follows society’s expectations. Joyce Carol Oates wrote “Where are you going, where have you been?” at a time when women were not respected by men. In “Where are you going, where have you been?”, Connie is approached by a man named Arnold Friend. Friend was very persistent about getting Connie to leave town with him. After Connie refused multiple times, he threatened to hurt her family. Due to the threat, Connie had no choice but to go with Friend, and what happens after that is left for the reader’s imagination to decide. The characterization in the story shows Oates’s feminist thoughts, and the way women used to be treated. The time in which this story takes place …show more content…
This story emphasizes how women were treated and the movement that needs to be made to help women (Shelton). Nobody ever really knew the reality of how women were treated, so they never acted on it. Most were blind to it just because they did not seem to care about how anyone felt, but themselves. Friend notices Connie’s vulnerability and sees it as a time to get into her mind and emerge her sexuality (Mann). Due to Connie’s bad childhood, she has become more vulnerable and independent. Since she grew up so fast she does not really have many experiences with men, and does not know what is right or wrong. She just sees that someone is finally showing her attention and saying all the things she wants to hear, “‘I took a special interest in you, such a pretty girl, and found out all about you” (Oates). Friend knows that she does not have the right mindset on life and is taking action. Connie is too oblivious to the difference between a true man and a fake one. Writing this short story was a way to portray Oates’s concern for women 's issues (Snodgrass). This is one way to spread the movement of women’s rights, and to show how corrupt some men can be. In fact, most of Oates’s novels are feminist and take place in american settings(Wyatt). Eventually Oates’s voice will be heard by everyone, and change will

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