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...