Thursday, October 2, 2014

Where are you going?

“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

Joyce Carol Oates wrote this piece in the postmodernity of our time, when society and people were changing, becoming more complicated, more perverse, and shortly after the gruesome murders by the Pied Piper of Tucson. In 1964, Charles Semid brutally murdered three girls, he was known to stuff rags in his boots to make him taller, and he dressed like a teenager when in all actuality he was in his 30’s. There is a lot of resemblance between this story and that of the horrible story of the Pied Piper of Tucson. This seems to be the tipping point in time where our society started to become more deceiving and violent.

Arnold Friend was a stalker, kidnapper, and a rapist who found out every little detail about Connie, her family, and her friends and used that information against her to manipulate for his own demonic and sick pleasures. In the end, Connie succumbed to his evil and twisted manipulation tactics and inevitably gave up herself and most likely her life in lieu of the safety of her family and friends.

This story came about when people in society could sleep at night with their doors unlocked and their windows up. Sure there was crime, but nothing like there is in today’s society. What kind of relevance does this story have with the change of time between then and now? What can society do as a whole to put a stop to such horrible acts of violence? What could Connie have done differently to block out the psychological intimidation and abuse?

1 comment:

  1. I think the only thing Connie could have done differently is to be someone different. She is young and immature and has shallow values. She is concerned only with her looks and Arnold Friend has used that vanity to manipulate her and control her.

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