Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Essay

1869 Words Apr 4th, 2015 8 Pages
Joyce Carol Oates was born on June 16th, 1938, in Lockport, New York and later published “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” in 1974. She was raised on her grandparents’ farm in Erie County, New York. At the young age of 15, Joyce Carol Oates submitted her first novel. Her father Frederic James Oates was a tool and die designer and a homemaker. She went to college at Syracuse University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1960. The following year, she attended the University of Wisconsin, earned her master’s degree, and married Raymond Smith, a former English professor. Joyce Carol Oates and her husband lived in Detroit, Michigan where she published her first literary works and where she taught at the University of Detroit. (“Joyce Carol Oates.”). Throughout “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Joyce Carol Oates portrays a theme of temptation which link the characters and actions to the overall plot of the story.
What would happen if one’s temptations drove her to put herself in harm’s way to find out who she truly is? In the short story, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates, readers learn of characters’ actions that put them in difficult situations, prompting them to make life-changing decisions. In the story, Connie is faced with an uncomfortable situation when a male figure comes up to her front door. Not knowing what to do, Connie panics and thinks of how to act and what the consequences and effects of her decision could possibly…

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