What Is The Significance Of The Title "Where Are You Going Where Have You Been"?


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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?' is the name of a commonly anthologised short story which was penned by writer Joyce Carol Oates. The story was influenced by the Tucson murders of Charles Schmid, which were written about in Life magazine in a piece written by Don Moser on the 4th of March in the year 1966.

According to Oates, the actual individual was Bob Dylan and she said that she dedicated the story to him as she was inspired to write it after hearing a Bob Dylan song called 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue.

The title of the short story is thought to have most probably taken from the Old Testament, Judges 19:17. The verse goes like this -

"And the old man lifted up his eyes and saw the wayfarer in the street of the city; and the old man said to him, where are you going? And whence do you come?"

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