Is a short story written by Joyce Carol Oates and first appeared in 1966.The story was inspired by murders committed by Charles Schmid. Oates dedicated the story to Bob Dylan after being inspired to write it by his song it is All Over…
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Archetypes are seen as evidence that the human race share symbols, a reservoir of memories and patterns. For example, death and maiden’s theme in Oates story (Oates 584). Death seizing a young woman has been represented in other stories for long such as the story of the abduction of Persephone by Pluto. Persephone was abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld where he married her. Archetypes serve the purposes of expressing our fears, beliefs and desires. Archetypal figures include Devil figures such as Arnold Friend, the Devil in Miltons Paradise Lost, the serpent in the biblical Adam and Eve story and Mephistopheles in Goethes Faust (Cole 151). The use of archetypes involves recycling of patterns and images from familiar mythic heritage. The title "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" can be seen as an archetypal example coming of age. Such stories present the protagonist as undergoing an important rite of passage or transformation in most cases from childhood to adulthood or from innocence to experience. The storys focus on the passage from one state to the other. At the end of the story by Carol Oatess, it is clear childhood Connie is coming of age and transforms into a grown woman who departs with Arnold Friend. Poems such as On Turning 10 by Billy Collins and to a daughter leaving home by Linda Pastan also capture transition points in life (Rockwood 35).
Her rebellious spirit takes her to the drive-in restaurant where the initiating event of the story takes place. Without a visit to the restaurant, Arnold Friend would not have noticed her. Consequently, she rejected to accompany her parents and sister to the barbecue party hence Arnold Friend caught up with her. Her rebellion contributes to adventure to the point of own demise (Gretcher 165).
Writings on Arnold Friend car indicated his interest in women for example “done by crazy woman driver." He uses friendly terms such as sweetheart, honey, my Connie
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