Thursday, March 21, 2019
Reality is Like A Dream in Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by
Reality is Like A Dream in Where be You Going, Where fork over You Been by Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates intrigues readers in her fictional piece Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by examining the life of a fifteen year gray-haired girl. She is beautiful, and her name is Connie. Oates lets the reader know that everything about her Connie had two sides to it, maven for home, and one for anywhere but home (27). When Connie goes out, she acts and dresses more mature than she probably should. However, when she is at home, she spends the majority of her time absorbed with day pipe dreams about the boys she met(28). This daydreaming behavior is plain to the reader throughout the story. From theories about dreams, theories about subconscious thought, and the clues that Oates provides, the reader is pull up stakes to believe that Connies experience with Arnold Friend is a nightmare use to awaken her to the consequences that her behavior could result in. Have you ever e xperienced a dream or a nightmare that seemed like reality? near people in the world today would say that they piss. Although this realistic dream experience does not occur oft, when it does, clear distinctions are hard to dispatch between the dream and reality. Theories exist that explain dreams as our subconscious thoughts delving into our minds to possess us reflect upon feelings or experiences that we neglect in life when awake. Connie often flirts with her feelings about sexual encounters. In fact, Larry Rubin believes that Connies intense desire for a sexual experience runs head long into her innate fear of having such an experience (58). Connies tendency to eventually dismiss these fears forces the reader to hand the connection between her experience wit... ...tomy between reality and dreams quite rise throughout her piece. She provides the reader with two ways to experience the story every as reality or as reality that turns into a nightmare. This dichotomy that Oa tes creates allows the reader to escape this story, and allows this story to end (Hurley 374). The end of the story shows Connie go in the new world of experience, and Oates wants the reader to sense her fear. Oates intricately provides the reader with clues that champion see why Connies experience with Arnold is just a nightmare. She also allows the reader to see how this nightmare is meant to scare Connie into making the realization that her decisions charter consequences. I hope that anyone reading this learns from Connie that not everything we do is good for us, and we have to think about the consequences of our actions, whether good or bad, before we act.