Arnold Friend Biblical Satan

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In Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” many critics argue whether the character of Arnold Friend, clearly the story’s antagonist, represents biblical Satan himself or a psychopathic stalker.
Indeed, Arnold Friend could be an allegorical devil figure, the protagonist who lures Connie into riding off with him in his car, or, in the contrary, far more a grotesque portrait of a psychopathic killer masquerading as a teenager. However, he has all the traditional, sinister traits of that arch deceiver and source of grotesque terror, the devil, with his painted eyelashes, shaggy hair, and stuffed boots.
In the story, Oates does make Arnold out to be a psychopathic stalker, but never objectively states the diabolical
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The first one is his boots. The way his boots turn, shows that his feet do not fit into the boots properly, or in the alternative, his feet are not even in them. Can it be that his feet are the devil’s cloven hooves? The other detail is the fact that Friend is being portrayed as a snake, which is often meant to be a symbol of biblical evil. In several instances, Friend appears to be holding himself up by leaning on different objects, such as his car and a post. “He was
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