Arnold Friend Essay

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  • 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

  • Arnold Friend

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    her until Connie wished her mother was dead and she herself was dead and it was all over." The story is also dedicated to Bob Dylan, who bares a striking resemblance to the antagonist Arnold Friend. However, in interviews, Oates simply said that Dylan’s song “It’s all over

  • Who Is Arnold Friend?

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    Who is Arnold Friend? Joyce Carol Oates was born June 16, 1938 in Lockport New York. At a young age Oates started writing. Scenes from her early environment are frequently used as settings in her stories. In her elementary years she wrote stories and “constructed 200 page books, which she designed and bound herself” (Helterman and Layman 371). The lack of information provided about her early years and her making large books at a young age is a good indication that she was an outcast and had a troubled

  • Symbolism Of The Arnold Friend

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    story is that a man named Arnold Friend liberated a young rebellious girl, Connie, from the torment of her youth. However, in reality the audience is eluded to the symbolism that Connie is being pulled away from her “golden” innocence and into the arms of Satan himself. Arnold Friend exhibits Satanic traits, and on this symbolic level, a young girl being stripped from her childhood, and into an unforgiving world. The story reveals that Arnold Friend is no boy or friend, he is referred to as a devil-like

  • Arnold Friend Personification

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    by Arnold Friend in the short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”. The impact of these words on the reader will vary based on how one chooses to approach them. To some, they may be the soul of mundanity, with little to no significance or weight apart from some arrogance on the part of Arnold. To others, they may be indicative a deeper, much darker, reality within the story. To the latter approach, being one of numerous interpretations, some critics have ventured to declare Arnold Friend

  • Arnold Friend Quotes

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    doesn’t appear to be with them for more than one night to the friends she goes out with that the

  • Arnold Friend Theme

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    You Going, Where Have You Been?” The invasion of space plays an important role in Connie’s life. Her home symbolize how vulnerable she is. However, Arnold Friend invaded both Connie’s home and family. Nonetheless, Arnold Friend did not only invade Connie’s home and family, he violated her life, innocence, and private thoughts. In other words, Arnold Friend has closed all the doors of childhood, identity, and innocence in Connie’s life by seducing her into entering the dangerous world of adulthood (66-67)

  • Arnold Friend Identity

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    family and herself. These repressed thoughts become the motivating force behind Connie’s daydreams and implementation of her defense mechanisms, when confronted by Arnold Friend and Ellie. Once Connie recognizes her repressed thoughts regarding Arnold Friend, she undergoes reality anxiety. Although her efforts to escape Arnold Friend are futile, she uncovers the truth behind her newfound: that it was hollow and self-centered. Therefore, the short story, “Where are you going, where have you been”

  • Theme Of Arnold Friend

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    psychological rollercoaster of manipulation and interpretive meanings. Although the antagonistic character of Arnold Friend could be viewed as a blank vessel to represent violence or even sexual attraction, his off-putting mannerisms and unnerving persistence seems to have a sinister backing, which leads me to believe that Arnold is the personification of the devil. The first introduction to Arnold takes place at a local diner, where Connie, our fifteen-year-old protagonist, is on a date. As Connie begins

  • Essay on Arnold Friend

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    Arnold Friend Arnold Friend is a seductive man, or should I say ArN OLD FrIEND with a dark appearance hiding something deeper, something evil? Arnold, posing as a teen-age boy, is none other than the devil himself, which shows in his words and actions, and in his physical traits. From the very beginning of, Joyce Carol Oates', "Where are you going, Where Have you been?" a certain number of religious references are interspersed throughout. These references help to maintain a biblical feeling

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