The Lifestyle of the Teens in the 1960's in Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been

The story “where are you going where have you been” is showing us the teenagers life style in 1960s: movie theaters, shopping malls, drive-in restaurants, ranch-style homes. The author is talking specifically about a girl named Connie. But there is many weird stuff in the story like the creepy guy named Arnold Friend, and the way he showed up suddenly. What was all these things?

The author is considering Connie as the credulous girl, and Arnold as the malign person who is trying to take advantages of her.

Arnold is more considered to be the devil, and there are some clues that may indicate this. The strongest clue is his name; remove the r’s from his name and it becomes “an old fiend”. The second clue is that he claims he knows everyone and everything. The third clue is that he is playing rock music which is the devil music.

There was a secret code on the car, it may be confusing for the readers because it has a little trick.

The code was “33, 19, 17” and it refers to a verse written on the old testament of the Bible. Counting backwards in the Old Testament of the Bible, 33 books, you will arrive at the book of Judges. Go to chapter 19, verse 17. The verse reads: “And when he raised his eyes, he saw the traveler in the open square of the city; and the old man said, “Where are you going, and where do you come from” and this is the title of the story.

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And you may ask yourself why counting backward? But as we all know that devil will not use the Bible in appropriate way.

The author said that she was influenced by Bob Dylan’s song “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue.” So, when we look at the lyrics we conclude that there are similar phrases in the story as well. For instance, the song says, “Your lover who just walked out the door” and Arnold consider himself as Connie’s lover. Arnold refers to Connie’s blue eyes, which refers to “baby blue” of the song. Although the author indicates that Connie’s eyes are brown.

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