Joyce Carol Oates 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? It'

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. Innocence and Experience An Assignment Offered in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements of the Course (Class Name) (Class ID) (School Name) (City, State) By (Your Name) Under the Direction of (Your Professor, Title) MM/DD/YYYY   Throughout the long timeline of literature in the world, there are many important lessons that the people who write the stories wish to portray. A great amount of literature comes from the element of experience. Along with the experience comes the innocence that is associated with it. Humanity continually strives to give order to their lives, to diminish mystery or uncertainty that disrupts their peace…show more content…
It is a tragic story of the stereotypical, pretty teenage girl, who views her environment as her stage. Connie, the main character of the story, is very self absorbed and seems to be oblivious to any kind of possible danger. Her innocence-due to her young age-and lack of experience with the outside world are her danger. It keeps her from recognizing the type man that Arnold Friend-the antagonist-really was. This ultimately led to her death. An older, more experienced woman would have made better choices. Connie let the conversation continue with Arnold. Her innocence in not understanding deceit or the evils of this world was Arnolds power. Connie was somewhat flattered that a boy she didn’t know was intrigued by her. She was curious and inexperienced. “She pretended to fidget, chasing flies away from the door.” Instead of telling him goodbye and ending the conversation she let her curiosity get the better of her. Arnold tells Connie, “I know your parents and sister are gone somewheres and I know where and how long they are going to be gone, and I know who you were with last night, and your best girl friend’s name in Betty .” This should have been enough for Connie to lock the door and call the police, however; the inexperience and innocence of the young Connie was the source to the outcome of the story. For most of us, our mistakes, innocence and…show more content…
Dave is an African American teenager; innocent and inexperienced in much of the same way Connie was in Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Dave; although harmless, has a fixation with acquiring a gun."Shucks, a man oughta hava little gun aftah he done worked hard all day." His inexperience and innocent attitude towards the world he lived in let him believe that it was the only way he could become a man. Throughout the story; Dave-who is almost but not quite a man-never wavers in this determined belief that a gun will make the difference and signal the manhood to which he
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