Honors English- Period 5
April 6, 2011
Many have criticized about the short story, “Where have you been, Where are you going?” This story struggles with some common asked questions in the history of human conditions. Sexuality is a big aspect of the story. The story is set in the 1960s, which is the period of when sexual civilization was being questioned, teenage sexuality that was constantly being discussed, and of course human conditions. The story demonstrates how the brutal attitude toward sexuality in a typical society not only risks a woman’s personality and self but it’s also connected to the sexual violence to women.
The small-town setting in the 1960s describes a shopping center and a drive-in restaurant. Setting is absurd with the violence presented in the story, and the difference it supplies to boost up the reader’s apprehension. The lack of detailed description of the setting serves to spread the theme, sexuality. We are so used to violence and sexuality material that we have seen everywhere. Connie’s ideas about love, and her response to Arnold Friend, may seem immature.
“Yes, I’m your lover. You don’t know what that is, but you will… I’ll hold you so tight you won’t think you have to try to get away or pretend anything because you’ll know you can’t. And I’ll come inside you where it’s all secret and you’ll give in to me and you’ll love me –” (104).As the situation gets more intense, Arnold’s language gets more sexually open and violent, culminating in the rape scene he portrays in this quote. Arnold isn’t just telling what he wants, but he is demanding Connie to “give in” and submit to him. Sexuality is associated here with power and authority.
Teenagers frequently leave their home for an adventure, a new life they can build, or simply just to drift away from society. Connie leaves home to hunt for a new life because of the reason her family does not accomplish her need for a caring relationship with…