Joyce Carol Oate's Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been

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Language of Terror When a person is put in an incredibly horrifying situation where the outcome is unpredictable many physical and emotional changes take place. Joyce Carol Oates’s story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” places Connie, a typical teenager, in this situation. Throughout the story, occasionally using religious undertones, Connie’s language of a typical teenager gradually changes, from calm and somewhat curious to nervous and terrified. Early in the story …

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…that Arnold Friend represents an evil force sent by the devil and religion doesn’t keep Connie safe because it appears that she doesn’t believe in it. Toward the end of the story she may have tried to affirm God, as a last ditch effort to save herself, but all in all, I think that the language she used was to make the story realistic, and is typical of a scared fifteen year-old girl.