Essay Music Analysis ” Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” Joyce Carol Oates

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For the research paper, you’ll place your own observations within the context of other scholarships. In short, you will enter into an academic conversation with others who are interested in your topic, thereby participating in the construction of knowledge. To enter this conversation, you need to follow this process:
I will need the Essay thesis statement and claim structure by Friday, July 24th at 12:00 pm Eastern Standard time. The rest of the assignment is due Tuesday, July 28th at 6:00 pm
The Primary Text being analyzed is Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates
The topic being analyzed is the element of music in this short story. You can also analyze poetry or art if you would like as long as it stays within the guidelines.
Incorporate at least five secondary sources from specialized resources I have attached.
Incorporate at least two primary sources from the short story directly.
Write the research paper of 1,500 – 3,000 words (5-10 pages in MLA format) as a response to that conversation. Your primary audience is your class and instructor, and your secondary audience is the scholars who may be interested in your contributions to the literary body of knowledge.
Make sure to include parenthetical citations for all primary and secondary source information and a correctly formatted Works Cited page (page 6 or later).
Make sure your thesis is sharp. Make sure that each body paragraph has a sharp claim (topic sentence), evidence from primary and secondary sources, and analysis & synthesis.
Please include this sample paragraph into the essay wherever you feel best:
In the story, Oates uses music to symbolize Connie’s inner life, specifically the pleasure she takes in romantic relationships and romantic ideals themselves. To Connie, music was freedom, joy, and rebellion. From the story, we see that Connie is convinced that she knows how love works. As the narrator states, when Connie lies to her parents and goes to the drive in-restaurant with a boy, she is happy. Contributing to her pleasure was the “music that made everything so good “(Gillis 67). After the date, as she walked with Eddie to his car, Connie sighs deeply as she is happy to be alive. However, the joy she felt had nothing to do with Eddie, as the author states but had something to do with music. Connie longed to live a life like the ones she listened to in the songs. Whenever Connie would go to the plaza with the friends, “the music was always in the background,” “like music in the church service, it was something to depend on” (Oates 822). Music in the story is prevalent, and it seems to have worked in the way some characters thought and acted. The music in the story also functions as Connie’s bridge from the real world to her world of fantasy. Connie enjoys escaping her real-life by listening to music and daydreaming about boys. She also gathers her ideas about boys and romance from the songs she hears on the radio. When her parents left for the barbeque, “She went inside the house and turned on the radio to drown out the silence” (Oates 823-824). The turning up of music was an affirmation that Connie needed music for excitement to escape the real world. When Arnold shows up at her home, Connie is reveling at the music she is playing only to realize that Arnold is also playing the same music in the car. Even before she realizes the coincidence, “Connie was already entranced by Arnold because of the music” (Slimp 180). We see that the force of the music that resides in Connie’s heart may be the only way for her to escape from the dull reality of her life.