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Arnold Friend In Where Are You Going, Where Hare You Been? Essay

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There are many notorious characters in literature, all with their own menacing qualities and depraved actions. None, however, have struck such a devastatingly creepy chord as Arnold Friend of Joyce Carol Oates "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Seducer of young girls and embodiment of Lucifer, Arnold Friend is anything but a friend. Arnold Friend is presented through both actions and appearances, and these combine to diminish his likeability, while adding to his devilish persona. Although Arnold Friend's traits are never stated outright, they are presented through his speech and interaction with other characters, which ultimately creates a more impacting effect and lasting impression. Arnold Friend is the devil in human form.…show more content…
Even his nose is menacing, appearing ready to "gobble" Connie up. His appearance is abundant with strengths, characterizing him without words as a powerful force. He is muscular and tanned, appealing to Connie, but there are also flaws that appear as weaknesses, and yet do not take away from his ominous presence. He is no taller than Connie, and he has trouble standing. Both of these characteristics stem from one easily attainable assertion: That Arnold Friend is the devil. A common depiction of Satan is that of him having short legs with cleft hooves, and that appears to be Arnold Friend's problem. He rarely moves; he is always leaning on something so as to hold him up or keep his balance. When he does move he is described as wobbling or unstable. This abnormality adds to his mysteriousness and questionability. Besides his physical appearance, Arnold Friend is developed and presented through actions and words also. Arnold Friend does not ever seem like a believable character that one would meet in the real world, even for a second. Although he seems confident a majority of the time, his slip ups in demeanor and actions that do not appeal to normal people assure the reader that his identity is assumed, and that he is actually the devil. His actions are meant to coax Connie but instead
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