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- Where Have You Been? Lyrics by Kathy Mattea
I'm just not myself when you're away They'd never spent a night apart For 60 years she heard him snore Now, they're in a hospital In separate beds on different floors Claire soon lost her memory, forgot the names Of family, she never spoke a word again Then one day they wheeled him in, he held her hand And stroked her hair, in a fragile voice she said "Where have you been? I'm just not myself when you're away" "Where have you been?
I've looked for you forever and a day Where have you been?
Story Behind the Song: 'Where've You Been?'
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So what prompted Oates to pen this little tale? Was she fascinated by the twisted psychology of murderers? Nope—not exactly. What stuck with her was "the disturbing fact that a number of teenagers—from "good" families—aided and abetted his crimes" Source. Part of what makes Oates's story so deeply affecting is that it deflects most of the attention away from the would-be killer—who is still rendered as being totally terrifying—and directs attention to the victim, Connie, and her humdrum suburban existence. The story is set in 's middle-American, and the ideological turmoil of the times simmers just below the surface.
You know about the 's—it was a decade when moral and social conventions were being challenged left and right, and the rush of American optimism and materialism after World War II was being questioned. This was the time of the Civil Rights Movement , the birth of the hippie counterculture , and the wild popularity of rock bands like the shaggy-haired Beatles.
Where Have You Been? Lyrics by Kathy Mattea
Issues such as feminism , sexual freedom, and adolescent sexuality were hot topics. And, like the 's themselves, this story has generated tons o' controversy since its publication. Oates has described Connie's actions at the end of the story as an "unexpected gesture of heroism," a decision to sacrifice herself so that her family would remain unharmed. But not all critics are convinced. Some read the story as an anti-feminist allegory: Arnold Friend is Connie's punishment for having sexual feelings for boys.
Others read the story as a feminist critique of a male-dominated society: the ending is essentially tragic, Connie's submission to Arnold Friend standing for the ways women are oppressed in a patriarchal society.
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Some even read the last scenes as evidence of Connie's psychosis: there's no ennobling act here, just a fragile psyche falling apart see Showalter's "Introduction" for a broad sketch of the debate. Multiple, conflicting interpretations—that's the risk the story takes in leaving the ending hauntingly open-ended. The "vast sunlit reaches of land" that dazzle Connie at the end of the story may as well be a stand-in vast array of interpretations that generations of readers bring to it We're guessing you're familiar with that fact.
You're canny; you know about stranger danger, fearless investigations, shocked witnesses, and grieving family members.
It's the kind of thing that our society is fascinated with—a citizen, minding his or her own business—is struck down by evil forces that have been lurking nearby the whole time. In fact, you might be a little sick of hearing about how horrible things happen to ordinary people.
Because it's very rare that a story of small-town abduction is told from the point of view of the victim. Disclaimer: this story ain't easy.