“Where are you going where you has been” by Joyce Carol Oates is a story that entails conflict as the central theme. Conflict as a theme is illustrated in the very early stage of the story. Connie plays the character that differentiates her actions total different from others. The disagreement between her family members and friends develops the discussion about the conflict. Connie engages in an unusual activity whereby everyone else got his/her personal view that specifically disagrees with Connie. At the need of it all, she the last person to encounter in such scenario is Arnold (her friend), but things never need responsibly. Her engagement in conflicts contrasts the final results at the end of the story. Hence, the ideas vary for all the participant making different objective by creating conflict as an overall subject of the matter.
The very first scenario involves Connie’s mother scolding Connie because of pending much of her time on the mirror looking at herself. Connie’s mother carries her analysis whereby she compares Connie with her hers Sister June and Connie dissent tends to look like. However, this acts as significant that the conflict is not only between Connie and her mother but with her sister June. Indeed, the level is headed she is a secretary and hence acts to be a life controller. Therefore, this is a contrast to cone who always things of beauty. Connie thinks that the most significant aspect this to look attractive (Carol &Wolff).
Internal conflict within Connie also appears in the story. Connie tries her best to be independent in believing that being independent whereby she was entitled to reach her goal on by standing with her own feet. Even though June performed active very and saw to be heading in the right direction, Connie is not pleased with it and instead her naivety caries with her throughout in her life. Connie is only at fourteen years of age, she if acts differently from her sister as she relies on others. Connie even goes for shopping with older boys and time in the restaurant. These activities are entirely different from expectation from the family members. But Connie takes it as an ordinary activity without any information where she will end at.
Actually, the most recognizable conflict sign includes the struggle Connie meets with friend Arnold. Despite the efforts of making her leave, Arnold remains rooted at her Door. Without the worries from the police, Arnold remains fixed on Connie’s door (Carol & Wolff). Connie goes head by linking her friend to the devil. Connie finds her friend with a shabby black hair with the crazy outlook of a wig. His wig is suggested to be the hiding of the horns which is referred to have an association with the devil. It can be noted that Connie is never in terms with her friend by preventing the friend into her house unless uninvited due to the belief of being associated with the devil. This conflict portrays Connie to be more associated with conflict. They believe that her house world is on fire since Arnold was associated with devils, is a remarkable argument between the two.
Additionally, in the story, Connie’s desire for attention and notoriety is projected by Arnold. Arnold is seen to be so emboldened by his advance to Connie. Indeed, Arnold desires that Connie would have come with him and getting to kidnap her is the most basic conflict. Arnold uses both the physical and psychological manipulation of his actions. Connie notices and makes the idea that she does not want to go with her Arnold. She grasps that she goes a little chance to make her decision while Arnold friend tends to threaten her family. As a result, she is left with her little choice. Ideally, Arnold demonstrates self-conflict internally between his desires and age to be seen young and allowing him to be closer to lure small girls like Connie. Definitely, the conflicts come out openly when Arnold speaks to the youth in the vernacular of which he got a little problem as the person who victimizes and stalks Connie in various ways.
In conclusion, Connie developed the character of the conflict that started between her family members. She understands them to be traditionally like people. Connie is unable to comprehend even her predicament is also the need of being independent of them. Connie’s conflict with her sister because she finds her to be too plain and then unable to grasp the aspect of being famous. Hence, at the beginning of the story, her conflicts vastly contrast to her conflicts during the end of the story.
Oates, Joyce Carol, and Tobias Wolff. Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?. Difusión, Centro de Investigación y Publicaciones de Idiomas, 2013.