Essay Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

1348 Words Mar 10th, 2016 6 Pages
The short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” written by Joyce Carol Oates takes place in America during the 1960’s. The story is about a young feeble minded girl named Connie and her encounter with Arnold Friend someone who exploits women. Connie is a very flamboyant person and it gets her in a heap of trouble. Arnold Friend drives to Connie’s house while her parents aren’t there and the reader is led to believe that he rapes her. The story is an important book to read because it shows the reader for one, the dangers that are present if not now more than ever for a teenage girl going out alone. The consequences of not being too careful and being dishonest with family about where you are going or what you are doing is shown in the book as to be harmful to the body physically and emotionally. If Connie had a better relationship with her parents rather than resenting her whole family she might have been spared from the hands of Arnold Friend. This can happen to anyone in real life and is a serious and sometimes fatal situation.
Smooth Talk, the film was full of important accuracies from the book it was based on “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”. Connie actions leading up to her meeting Arnold are almost taken straight from the text into the film. When the book talks about Connie going to the mall and lying to her mom about going to the movies, the movie takes these ideas and elaborates on them and shows how significant they really are. Oates says…

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