Dr. John Slack
3 March 2010
In Joyce Carol Oates' short story, "Where are you going, Where have you been?" a quantity of good and evil symbolism is presented, assisting the development of the theme of the story - that occurs from the dealing with characters engaged in mental manipulation. But it is mainly about a young girl going through adolescence not knowing which road to take, being rebellious and wanting to be free. However at the same time Connie desires security with her family.
Connie has a conniving characteristic about herself in this short story. Connie would complete a task in her mother's household one way, but when she was no longer under her mother's supervision, she would completely do the opposite. She never took into consideration anyone's criticism. "She wore a pull over jersey blouse that looked one way when she was at the home and another way when she was away from home" (Oates 281). Again Connie's actions lets the readers speculate that everything about her has two identities. The good Connie is for her sibling and household. The other, defiant, evil Connie, she displays is for her peers.