1. Research Prompt you will write your research paper on:
2. Using Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and Anne Sexton’s
“Cinderella,” write an essay that analyzes the two texts’ allusions to fairy tales in order to make
an argument about women’s oppression in late 20th century American society.
2. Write a tentative thesis for your research paper. Remember, the thesis needs to make an arguable claim based on the prompt:
Social stratification and oppression in America that through the patriarchal order of “man over woman,” and the ideology surrounding marriage, have created class warfare amongst the sexes that has been represented throughout society and recent literature such as in Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and Anne Sexton’s “Cinderella.”
3. Understanding Secondary Source 1:
• Complete, correctly formatted MLA citation:
• Barstow, Jane M. "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?." Masterplots II: Short Story Series, Revised Edition (2004): 1-3. Literary Reference Center. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.
Briefly restate (in your own words) the thesis of the article:
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is a story that challenges patriarchal roles and alludes to the perverse side of sexuality, growing into adulthood as a female, and the dangers associated with the male dominant figure.
Briefly summarize the supporting points and evidence of article (min. 4 sentences; include paraphrased thesis):
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” breaks down the barrier between the fairy tale notion of “love,” and the reality of dangerous encroaching male desire for fornication that shrouds it. The story focuses on the warped American ideals of monogamous union, and the deviance that comes as a side effect to male imperialism and dominance. The story also challenges gender roles in marriage and the not so pleasant side of detached parenting and neglect. “Where Are You Going,...