Joyce through her clothing, hairstyle, and her behavior.

Joyce Carol Oates, the writer of “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, based on a true story, written in 1966. During the 1960s, the sexual revolution was going on where adolescents questioned about sexualities, adolescent sexuality was passionately debated, and standard roles for women was a challenge. In this psychosexual story between Connie, the protagonist, and the antagonist, Arnold Friend, Connie confuses her desires to attract boys by commanding attention to actually have them pursue her in a sexual way, by changing herself through her clothing, hairstyle, and her behavior. Her desire is not what she expects when a guy named Arnold Friend takes Connie by force into adulthood through manipulation, and this violent act represents a shift within Connie herself and from her desires that convey the idea that beauty is special and it can also be a curse.Throughout the beginning of the story, Oates characterizes Connie as a adolescent who changed her identity to attract males. Connie and her friends often goes to restaurants where they find good music and older boys. They came across a boy but “it was just a boy from high school” that she didn’t like but “It made them feel good to be able to ignore him.” Connie liked the attention from “the boys she met” that she had attracted to from her beauty.When Connie changes her identity, Oates characterizes Connie’s appearance like the most beautiful girl. By the fifth paragraph, Oates describes her “Connie had long dark blond hair that drew anyone’s eye to it” The way Connie is described shows that her facial appearances such as her hair, can attract anyone showing that Connie is a one and only beautiful girl. Towards the middle part of the story, a guy named Arnold Friend tells Connie “I took a special interest in you, such a pretty girl”. With Connie’s appearance, it attracted an old man in his late 30s, early 40s.Although Oates shows that Connie’s beauty is working with her desires to attract boys, her beauty isn’t always what she expects. Oates uses foreshadow to show what happened when Connie first saw Arnold Friend. When Connie’s on a date with a boy, she sees Arnold Friend in a restaurant parking lot, and he yells over, “Gonna get you, baby”. In the end of the story, Arnold accomplishes his outset threat  when he comes for Connie at her house. Arnold had told Connie “We ain’t leaving until you come with us”, as a demand because she was his “Sweetheart”. Connie realizes that she had attracted a psychosexual.Unfortunately for Connie, when she rejects on going into Arnold’s arms, she quickly tried calling the police’s on Arnold, but she got into a state of unconsciousness after hearing a roar through the telephone. When Connie wakes up, Arnold again commanded her to go with him, into his arms. And surprisingly, she sees her body walk towards him. In Connie going with Arnold, Joyce Carol Oates seals both Connie’s beauty desires and the curse of the unexpected male.  Oates gives readers a protagonist who doesn’t know what she desires, now living in adulthood, so simply leaving her sexuality would had been unrealistic for Connie. She can no longer be beautiful, but she also can no longer desire anything else. In a utter story emphasizing the circumstances of a teenage girl controlled from her desires, Oates protagonist cannot possibly change her wishes.