A family visits At the Seminary because a son is having some adjustment problems there. A story portraying the naivety and easy persuasion of the longing-to-be-free teenage mind, this story is haunting. Connie starts out in the story as someone that is self-absorbed, concerned for no one but herself. And that no one had taught her to do that. Since she was incompetent in realizing how teenagers interpret the music than adult figures, Connie is vulnerable when Arnold threatens her to come to him because of the rock music that is being allotted to teenagers. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories of that year.
It is her need to be desired that makes her appealing to Arnold Friend, and leads to her demise later in the story. Maybe it was my dislike for the main character, but whatever the case I was neutral towards the story. When adulthood comes to her door, though, she finds the idea of leaving her house terrifying. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. She is struck by the disturbing idea that Arnold Friend has no past and no roots; before he appeared on her doorstep, his entire life is a void. I am not good at giving reviews because I feel that I give to much away. This one comment clearly points to a situation where Connie would be taken from a safe haven of innocence.
I found this short story enjoyabl Choices, throughout our lifetime we must all make them. Some of the decisions are minor ones, while others can bring turning points in life. On the other side of the situation is Arnold Friend, and his appearance is much different from how he is in reality. I've never read any of Oates work before this, but my god is she good at creating tension. Feeling like you live a dual-life for self-presentation, vanity, a harsh desire for recklessness, yet hesitancy to leave the security of family.
The way she presents herself is another theme in the story, appearance and reality. They meet a boy named Ernie. And the boys outside where the wild world that was waiting for her after leaving the house. Disclaimer: this story ain't easy. The author has often mentioned the Death and the Maiden folktale to be one of her primary influences, where innocent Persephone is mesmerized by Hades, and has to live with him in the underworld for six months of the year. But not all critics are convinced. The two works, published within thirty years of one another, may be compared through the common theme of appearance versus reality, which is furthered through analogous instances of sexual symbolism, and contrasted through dissimilar settings and plot lines.
What I didn't like was how Connie was portrayed as this 'wild' girl whose simple eye contact with Friend led to his growing interest to I understand why a story like this would be very important for us to read but reading it only made me feel very upset. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of the short story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? In this story we meet the naive, vain, and young 15 year old Connie. The story is grotesque and captivating in that so much of what happens or how it happens is never actually mentioned, which is definitely engaging. She takes a bold step of choosing her family's safety rather than her own. I do feel bad that I have been posting such neutral ratings as of late but I will digress for a moment to explain. The people who surrounded Connie knew how egotistical she was. Arnold takes advantage of Connie one day when she stays home alone instead of going to a family barbeque.
She asks how he knows her name, and he says he knows a lot of things about her. His smooth threats soon pay off, and Connie soon follows. A classic example of the unknown…. However, if one were to look at the story alone, he could concede that Friend is indeed the Devil or at least the Devil's angel. Arnold is merely an agent to portray the evils that exist in the media. As the format for her writing varies, so does her subject matter. She recognizes one of them from the drive-in restaurant the night before, Arnold Friend.
Their shared appreciation of the same radio station leads Connie to initially trust Arnold Friend, allowing him to lure her in. This style of writing is common on many of her works including 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Teresa Pyzik and Paweł Jędrzejko. Through characterization and symbolism the author shows that often teenagers rush into the fantasy of adulthood, never expecting how real it can get. The story can be looked at from many different… 991 Words 4 Pages The decisions that you make throughout life can make or break you; you just have to make the right ones. This self-confidence leads to a false sense of security and bad reputation.
Joyce Carol Oates uses familial isolation in both of her short stories to enable the main character to grow up. When we focus on the goals ahead of us, we fail to see the obstacles and dangers that are in front of us. Perhaps the title refers to all these things in different ways, proving so evocative precisely because it hides several layers of meaning. They are on a quest to find themselves, and in search of a path that will lead them to future happiness. Another symbolism of evil is that Arnold tells Connie that he will not come in her house. By the time she goes out to be embraced by Friend, she is a zombie. The driver introduces her to his friend, Ellie Oscar and invites her for a ride.
This unfamiliar land could represent the afterlife, as Connie crosses through a spiritual threshold. And then just like that it's over and there's some boring ass bullshit to end things with. It is short enough to read in one sitting, although it is packed full of events. He knows the power of his voice and words, and the effect it can have on innocent girls. She asks wise-enough questions regarding his age, and not going over to the other side of the car. While her parents are away on a Sunday afternoon, Connie is approached by a strange man named Arnold Friend who is determined to seduce her and steal her away. The security of Arnold Friend words gives to reader the impression that he has been watching her closely and all the time without her knowing it or noticing it.
We do not know how Connie sacrifices herself. Arnold says again that she should come outside or her family will get hurt. Also these two questions may have been able to prevent this from happening to Connie. Disrespectful to virtually everybody and ridiculously self-absorbed, Connie could easily represent everyone who ever remembers being a teenager. To others they pose queries Connie is asking herself as she attempts to transition into an adult with a full-formed sense of self.