Stereotypes In Women "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" By Joyce Carol Oates "Rape Fantasies" By Margaret Atwood

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Many authors this day in age will write about many different topics ranging from politics to science and all the in between which affects all of our lives in some way. In the two stories "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates and "Rape Fantasies" by Margaret Atwood, they address a topic that seems to be an ongoing problem in our society. They discuss the stereotypes of women and how they are viewed in society through different thoughts and actions they may take. These authors portray them in their stories in the utmost extreme cases, discussing women in sexual situations and rape. They both seem to share the same ideals and beliefs with each other in the sense that women are stereotypically perceived as naïve, invincible but at the same time extremely vulnerable.The two authors show how women are susceptible to such situations as rape throughout their stories. They first establish that the characters are naïve, and the similarities that their characters share is that they are young women that are in danger to the problems that may happen in their lives. Connie, from Oates's story, is described as a teenage girl who is only concerned with her friends and boys at this point in her life. On the other hand Estelle, from Atwood's story, is a young adult who is a shy and separated person that wants to be more blended in with her surroundings and society. They both have personalities that are very open to being in danger too. Connie is a girl that wants more attention from everyone, but especially boys, where she goes out of her way to look appealing to men which is dangerous for her to be doing especially since she is just a young girl. Estelle is similar to Connie, where she wants more attention, but she is too afraid to go out and meet new people, or talk with others to become friends with them. Also, these two characters have differing perspectives. Connie makes herself to be older and look sexually promiscuous but that doesn't reflect her age or how she should act, and Estelle gives off feelings that depict her to be sheltered, but not just from her surroundings and people in her life, but with her age too. She seems like she does not want to be her age and go back in her life to a younger and less complicated time where she did not have to worry about things such as rape.Along with the characters being naïve, there is no doubt that the minor characters in the story affect the major characters in their ways of thinking and feelings toward the topics discussed. Many of the friends that Connie has are also like her, where they go around with known men and fool around with them just to be accepted by their peers. This may have prompted Connie to do the same and become someone she probably would not have been without having those kinds of friends. In the case of Estelle, she does not have many friends to begin with, but the people she is associated with are girls at her work who probably have exposed her to many...

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