|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,...