Essay about Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

1007 Words Mar 20th, 2015 5 Pages
In Joyce Carrol Oates short story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? A fifteen year old girl named Connie unknowingly faces evil and loses the battle. In this story evil which is defined by Merriam Webster’s dictionary as “Something that causes discomfort, repulsion, or harm.” comes in the form of a man named Arnold Friend (Webster’s). In the story Connie is a naïve girl whose fate would have turned out differently if she had been a more devout Christian. There are several ways in the story that by being a more devout Christian Connie could have recognized evil sooner or simply avoided it all together. Connie should have followed the fifth commandment, she should not have placed so much value in her own beauty, and she should have recognized the string of numbers as a biblical reference. By being a more devout Christian Connie would have been able to see Arnold Friend was evil and avoided her terrible fate. In Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Connie and her friends tell their parents on several occasions that they are going to shop at the plaza and then to a movie. Instead Connie and her friends sneak across the street to a restaurant that the older kids used as a hangout, where Connie first encounters Arnold Friend. In doing this Connie and her friends are deceiving their parents directly going against the fifth commandment, “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land that the Lord your God has given you.” (The Holy Bible).…

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