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In this frightening story, a stranger called "Friend" preys upon a teenager home alone. Connie is worn down with cleverness with words. The satanic figure seduces her in spite of his ugly face. He swings between being delusional and threatening, succeeding in projecting his will upon her. Despite his own delusions, he is relentless enough to delude her in turn. He remarks: 1. The screen door can easily be smashed, he warns her.
It's just a screen door, It's just nothing. The pare In this frightening story, a stranger called "Friend" preys upon a teenager home alone. The parents are at the BBQ and having a good time. I am already your lover 4. We have your favourite music in the car the GOLD car! It's nice and shining and all for me.
I thank you sweetheart. By the time she goes out to be embraced by Friend, she is a zombie. The story ends with the sight she sees from the car window: "so much land that Connie had never seen before and did not recognize except to know that she was going to it". Friend's delusional arguments represent a pushy kind of masculine sexuality. The rationale reflects a presumption of ownership, of overwhelming self-confidence which women can be irrationally drawn to, in addition to the threat of violent escalation.
What is particularly creepy is how Friend's speech is scattered with the corny language of pop love songs. A "Blue Velvet" kind of atmosphere. The prelude to Connie's actual meeting with Friend seems to establish Connie as a regular suburban girl. She follows the rules, happily. Her character is true to adolescence, on the brink of adulthood.
Some of the critical essays included in my edition have pointed out there is something heroic about Connie's sacrifice. I find this interpretation difficult to reconcile with her zombified attitude at the end of the story: " Friend drives a gold car. He is so inconspicuous that he might have stepped out of a fairy tale. The threat to the family is not credible; the visit happens in broad daylight; she has a lock between she and him; even if the lock had been forced she could have run and jumped fences.
She could have screamed and screamed again. I think that she is quite simply brainwashed, and Carol Oates, a feminist, wants us to take the story allegorically: a message about predatory male sexuality and female submission to its glib, underhanded language.
Mar 19, hazel rated it really liked it. Super disturbing but still intriguing!! Feb 05, Shari rated it it was amazing Shelves: classic , drama. Oates has been known and acclaimed for her unique show-and-tell narrative style. In this story, she demonstrates the truth in this. The narrative creatively explores their dark sides through a beautiful teenager, Connie, and a stalker, Arnold Friend, who lures and threatens Connie with the simple use of words.
In fact, you will mostly read dial Oates has been known and acclaimed for her unique show-and-tell narrative style. In fact, you will mostly read dialogues between two people. And yet — and here is where Oates genius lies — nothing can be more descriptive of the characters and their situation. Through simple dialogues, Oates managed to convey the terror of a girl trapped by a man who covets her for her good looks. Skillfully presented and explored without crime actually happening, only a promise of what it will be, the conversation between Connie and Arnold gives a new perspective on beauty, of how it can be a blessing — and a curse.
View all 3 comments. Jul 26, Sarah Schantz rated it it was amazing. This is a fabulous source for anyone who teaches the now infamous and widely anthologized story by Joyce Carol Oates or for anyone who is as obsessed with the story as I am.
Jan 29, C. Rising rated it it was amazing. But when Susan's older sister, who vanished as a teenager, reappears to claim an inheritance, everything is set to change. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Where Have You Been? Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Where Have You Been? Apr 09, Nomes rated it liked it Shelves: australian , , psychological-thriller-suspense. Susan's older sister was last seen on the night of her high school formal and her disappearance sparked investigations which led nowhere and left her family shattered: eventually her parents divorced, her mother descended into obsession and a mild madness.
Until her mum dies and leaves hal 3. And this appearance acts the catalyst for a series if events that rock Susan's whole world. This catalyst causes the main characters in the story to review their lives and beliefs and re-visit their past. There's some quieter domestic kind of mid-life crisis and questioning of their lives and happiness in general. But the driving force of the story is the bubbling undertones that Susan's sister is not who she says she is and not to be trusted.
That she will end up taking more than just the money I was equally compelled and frustrated while reading this. Things that were obvious to the reader remained cloudy to the characters. I suppose this added suspense with that feeling of dread but it also made me want to scream at the characters for making such dodge-y and plain idiotic choices. They were gullible and far too trusting and easily allowed themselves to be used although I suppose if they made the right choices, there would be no premise for the story.
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When you wake up, there is a chance the cat wil have dropped you something that it had retrieved that night. It is random, so if it doesn't bring you anything, try again the next night. It's best to sleep with nothing in your inventory so you know if you received something.In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” fifteen-year-old girl Connie is confronted—and it’s implied, raped and killed—by a sinister stranger named Arnold Friend. As the story unfolds, Friend manipulates and terrorizes Connie to such an extent that he becomes an embodiment of evil.