The Hidden Identity of Arnold Friend Essay

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The Hidden Identity of Arnold Friend The world is full of people who portray themselves as someone or something else. People usually hide their identity to obtain things that they want. It is common to be fooled by someone's appearance. In Joyce Carol Oates's, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been," Arnold
Friend is an example of someone trying to trick another person into believing that he is something that he is not. In the story, a girl named Connie is confronted by a man who is trying to persuade her to "take a ride" with him in his car. She had seen this man the night before staring at her in the drive in so she was a little scared that this man was now on her doorstep, not to mention she was alone. He began by
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Obviously it would be very hard to keep balance and walk around in boots if they were filled with hooves. It seems that everything

physical about Arnold Friend seems to be fake. Weg's states, "even his eyelashes appear to be made-up, but with some tarlike material "(357). Arnold Friend has very eerie characteristics about him that lead the reader to believe that he is covering demonic physical traits with a fake human disposition. Secondly, Arnold Friend knows an excessive amount of information about Connie, her friends and family. There is no human that can stare off into the distance and know what someone else is doing at that very instant. Arnold Friend does this very thing. When Connie tells him that her dad will be home soon he says, "He ain't coming. He's at a barbeque. Aunt Tillie's. Right now they're — uh — they're drinking. Sitting Around. There's your sister in a blue dress, huh? And high heels"(289). He seems to have a psychic awareness of what people are doing away from him when he is not physically there. A few people that are capable of this are the Devil and God, and
God would not be threatening a 15-year-old girl. Also, Arnold Friend seems to know a lot about
Connie. He says, "I know who you were with last night, and your best girlfriend's name is Betty right"(287)? The reader could argue that Arnold Friend is a stalker, but
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