joyce carol oates ’ W r i t i n g
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Choose ONE of the following prompts to write about. Do not write about both stories.
- Write an essay of 1,000 words that explores the symbolic meaning of the character Arnold Friend in Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” How does what Connie wants—or think she wants—relate to her suburban family and white suburban culture in the 1960s? To deepen your perspective, it may help you to research the history of social class in America, particularly white middle-class culture of the 1950s and 1960s. Connie rebels against her family’s middle-class values, and this leaves her at the mercy of Arnold Friend. Consider the qualities Connie dislikes about her sister, her mother, and her largely absent father; and think about how she forms her identity through music and popular culture. How does Arnold Friend (as an allegory and a real-life threat) exploit Connie’s teenage desires?
- Write an essay of 1,000 words that explores the alienation of the protagonist in “King of the Bingo Game.” What “wonderful thing” does the protagonist think he has “discovered” once he is onstage (par. 50)? Why can’t or won’t he let go of the button, even when the police arrive? To deepen your perspective, it may help you to research the history of black civil rights in America and include outside sources as needed.
- Essays must be typed and formatted in MLA style with a Works Cited page.
- Remember that you are searching for a deeper understanding of the text, looking beneath the surface for hidden insights that reveal a deeper truth. Simple surface answers will not suffice. Use context clues from the story to help you identify the characters’ motivations, unconscious desires, and other indirectly characterized qualities. If you are having a hard time digging under the surface, it might help to peruse Chapter 22 of our textbook (1066-1078), which outlines and explains the entire essay-writing process.
- Remember, you are writing only one essay, not two. Choose one of the prompts and write about the story that most interests you.
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