Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been By Joyce Carol Oates

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One may never realize the people surrounding one’s everyday life, crammed with bodies of contrasting characters, pasts’, and styles; however, who are these people genuinely? Arnold Friend, in the short story, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oates, managed to deceive with his false characteristics. Arnold Friend was brought to life from Oates’s imagination of the mischievous serial killer Charles Schmid. Arnold Friend and Charles Schmid similarly attempted to delude with false attributes, had an interest in women, deceived women, both tried to create a false imagine for themselves, however Friend knew about everything about his victim while Schmid did not. Charles Schmid and Arnold Friend both tried to carry false characteristics of themselves. They would try to disguise their looks just like the lies they held inside. Both of them came to the idea of stuffing their oversized boots to enhance their appearance of appearing taller and gain five inches to their height. In the story, it never truly states what Friend would stuff his boots with, however; Schmid would stuff his boots with rags, newspapers, and flattened cans. These boots would be a size too big for them to allow this material to fit. In the short story, this would create Friend to walk awkwardly and rely on other objects to stand, but one can imagine that Schmid had the same problem. When Arnold Friend first appeared at Connie 's house, she was too caught up in her usual flirtatious
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