Joyce Carol Oates

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  • Summary Of Joyce Carol Oates 'Smooth Talk'

    In the narrative, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Joyce Carol Oates, presents you with a look into the life of, Connie, the story’s main character. Connie was your typical rebel teen, she did not always tell the truth to her parents, snuck off to the beach, went out anytime any place, was free willed, and had a dysfunctional family life. “Smooth Talk” (1985) directed by Joyce Chopra, is the motion picture motivated by the narrative, which has a very similar take on the story, yet having its own fingerprint on the plot. Equally these pieces have similar central ideas, however they varied in the area of family affairs, Arnold Friend and his preoccupation with Connie, the readers/viewer’s perception of a vague conclusion, furthermore, the lessons brought forth by the author/director in each version.…

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  • A Search For Independence Joyce Carol Oates Analysis

    their parents can do no right, And where there once was adoration and admiration stands a new and powerful disrespect and distaste. This process is clearly seen in Joyce Carol Oates’ character, Connie, in…

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  • Joyce Carol Oates Use Of Peer Pressure

    Growing up and being treated as an adult is a universal desire of adolescent children, however when it actually comes to maturation, many children shy away from the fact. Joyce Carol Oates’ short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been,” chronicles the experiences that young Connie has with growing up too fast. Connie’s rapid maturation is due to a mixture of self-esteem issues, the desire for attention of older boys, and peer pressure from friends. Coming of Age Too Early: Pubertal…

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  • Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? By Joyce Carol Oates

    Joyce Carol Oates is an acclaimed writer has written many works that can relate to the everyday person. She writes in a way that causes people to think about their own lives. Her stories tend to connect. “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is a story of a promiscuous girl who is stuck between a rock and a hard place. “ Pumpkin Head” is a story of a seasoned woman who befriends a man who is mentally unstable when he drinks. Her works shows forth reality and the way some humans suffer in…

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  • Joyce Carol Oates 'Where Are You Going?': A Dark Endless Road

    A Story By Joyce Oates: A Dark Endless Road In Joyce Carol Oates story, “Where are your going, Where have you been?” it tells a short story about a fifteen-year old girl who is trying to find herself as a woman. Connie is constantly concerned with the way she looks and has a habit of “craning her neck to glance into mirrors or checking other people’s faces…” (294). Connie realizes that she has the ability to attract boys by dressing and doing her hair a certain ways. She is discovering her own…

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  • Analysis Of Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been By Joyce Carol Oates

    You Going, Where Have You Been,” written by Joyce Carol Oates is an unsettling and incredibly formidable story of a young woman’s loss of innocence during a time of social change, unrest and turbulence.…

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  • Joyce Carol Oates Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been

    In Joyce Carol Oates’ Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been, the understanding or initial misunderstanding of characters, are pivotal to the reader’s roller coaster experience of the plot. The story revolves around the character of Connie, a fairly typical 15-year-old teenage girl, who comes to be confronted with a dangerous situation. This story and the character of Connie were particularly interesting and engrossing to me. As Oates illustrates Connie’s character and her motivations, I was…

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  • A Review Of Joyce Carol Oates Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

    Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is one of Joyce Carol Oates’s most well-known pieces of writing. It has been widely anthologized in many college English textbooks throughout all of America. This story is actually based on a true story about a serial killer named Charles Schmid based out of Arizona. He is responsible for the death of four people from the Tuscon area in 1960 and was sentenced to death for his actions. Oates creates her own version of this story using the characters…

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  • Review Of Joyce Carol Oates 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?'

    Title Joyce Carol Oates ‘Where are you going, Where have you been?’ tells the story of a young girl searching for her identity among her mother and society. The protagonist Connie amist being at conflict with her family's view, spends her time flirting with boys and exploring her newfound independence. Connie is put in a difficult position when a boy, Arnold Friend, shows up at her doorstep. Throughout the story, Oates uses setting, point of view, and symbolism to convey the theme of the story.…

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  • An Analysis Of Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been? By Joyce Carol Oates

    Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been? By Joyce Carol Oates is the story of Connie, a 15 year old Texan girl, and one fateful summer day. Through characterization and symbolism the author shows that often teenagers rush into the fantasy of adulthood, never expecting how real it can get. By using the summer to represent her fall from innocence, music to show how Connie feels, and her habit of checking her reflection to prove she’s still young and insecure- despite how she may act, Oates…

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