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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

by Joyce Carol Oates

Visions of America Quotes

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Quote #7

It was the same program that was playing inside the house. (30)

The fact that Arnold's partner in crime is listening to the same radio show not only indicates the ubiquity of popular culture but also sets up a parallel between popular culture and Arnold's seduction.

Quote #8

"I got things to do."

"Like what?"

"Things." (43-45)

Her head filled with the "trashy daydreams" of popular culture, Connie can't think of anything to do, and Arnold calls her out on her lie.

Quote #9

Part of those words were spoken with a slight rhythmic lilt, and Connie somehow recognized them – the echo of a song from last year, about a girl rushing into her boy friend's arms and coming home again. (118)

Arnold twists a popular song about teenage romance into a form of psychological manipulation.

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