Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
by Joyce Carol Oates
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The Car

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Funny how only men get to drive in the story, right? Fathers, boyfriends, rapists all get the wheel, but never a woman. The only mention of a female driver is the "crazy woman driver" (36) who left a dent in Arnold's car – probably with good reason. Cars are a form of mobility, freedom, and empowerment in the story that women don't get to enjoy. We're a long, long way from Danica Patrick.

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