Analysis Of Voice In Joyce Car Essay

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Analysis Of Voice In Joyce Car


Language of Terror
When a person is put in an incredibly horrifying situation where the outcome is
unpredictable many physical and emotional changes take place. Joyce Carol Oates's story
'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?'; places Connie, a typical teenager, in this
situation. Throughout the story, occasionally using religious undertones, Connie's
language of a typical teenager gradually changes, from calm and somewhat curious to
nervous and terrified.

Early in the story on a Sunday morning, Connie's family leaves to go to a family barbeque
down the street. Connie is left by herself and chooses to wash her hair instead of going
to church. When she hears a car driving up to her house, her heart starts pounding, she
pulls at her hair and says, 'Christ. Christ.,'; not in reference to the Lord or religion
in general but because she is worried about how bad she looks. This gives and indication
of how the author interprets religion in the story, not important and not serious.

As the story progresses, Connie's language takes an obvious turn. When Arnold Friend,
someone she has seen but never talked to, shows up on her doorstep, she is somewhat
defensive, but curious. 'I ain't late, am I?'; is the first thing he says to her when she
opens the screen door. Connie replies by saying, 'Who the hell do you think you are?';, a
typical response of someone in that situation. If a complete stranger showed up at my
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