Fly symbolism in Joyce Carol Oates"Where are you going where Have you been? "
As we read the story by Jocyce Carol one can see that she used this symbol of the flies to be seen as evil and to show death. The flies would be used to foreshadow that something bad will happen.
Connie and her friends drive by the fly infested diner . She meets Arnold Friend who dresses just like all of her friends. He looked cool with his:tight faded jeans stuffed into black boots; a belt that pulled his waist in and showed how lean he was, and a white pull-over shirt that was a little soiled and showed the hard small muscles of his arms and shoulders.
The flies in the story create a tone of darkness and despair. Because of the way the story unfolds we know that the end of the story there will be a death of Connie or something horrible will happen to her. So the flies foreshadowed the evil that will happen to Connie upon going with Arnold Friend.