Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? – Connie

Some authors use their work to show a part of them that isn’t something they just want to come out and say about them. Joyce Carol Oates uses religion in her work, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” with the imagery, setting, and the realisms of sinful nature. Joyce Carol Oates uses imagery when talking about Arnold Friend to make him sound like the devil. When Connie first sees Arnold Friend he makes an “X” like he is marking his next target just like in 1st Peter it which states that “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour,” (Paul).Arnold was seeking to find prey and when he finds what he wants, which is Connie,he marks it showing that in good time he is going to devour her or get her to follow him. When Connie describes that one of his feet was at a “strange angle” almost as if it wasn’t in the boot (Mandell) Urbanski took that as if they weren’t even feet but as if they were hooves like the old wives tail says that the devil is a hooved almost half-goat half-person personification (M. M. O. Urbanski).When Arnold spoke he made it seem like he was taking her away to a better place by telling her they were “going on a ride” and romanticizing his intentions by telling her he took a “special interest” in her (Mandell). He made it seem like he had her best interest in mind when he said Connie was his “lover” and that he’ll “hold her tight and she will not want to get away” (Mandell).When Arnold makes it sound like he’s taking Connie away somewhere safe he sounds like an interpretation of the devil, in 2nd Corinthians 11:14 it says that “even Satan disguises himself as the angel of light,” (D. R. Veerman).

Joyce Carol Oates uses a setting that directly relates to her religious background as the basis for her story. The story “Where Are You Going Where Have You Been?” takes place on a weekend, the first day when she goes to the plaza and t…

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