“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

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Satan seems to come in many form’s throughout the history of mankind; though, In Joyce Carol Oates short story “Where are you going, Where have you been?” Arnold Friend looks to be another transient version of Hells keeper. This story was written in 1966 with a horrifying take on a young girl named Connie who was lead out of her home by a monster who ends up kidnapping her while her family was at a barbeque. This Monster in the story is known as, “Arnold Friend”. He appears at Connie’s home while the family was gone with an accomplice named Ellie Oscar. Mr. Friend is a mysterious; but, creepy figure with intent of pure evil.
The devil tends to prey on an individual’s weakness. Arnold Friend does this with strong emphasis. Connie, not having a strong male figure in her life with her father being described as, “just coming home and not doing anything” looks to play up to Arnold Friend clever swagger with a deceptive plan (Oates). Friend says, “Ellie and I come out here especially for you” (Oates). Connie Father looked to hardly ever take time out of his day to spend time with his daughter but somehow Arnold knows that her time is being spent at home alone. Ellie and Arnold just avail out of the sunlight at Connie’s house seemingly to fill this void. Worse of all Arnold exudes this confidence that she will come with him no matter what. This also may be from Connie’s vanity that gets her into trouble with a withdrawing demeanor of other’s. Never spending time with her family; However, more excepting of others. Suddenly, Drawing Arnold Friend to take advantage of a missing companionship in Connie’s life.
Arnold then looks even more inexplicable. He knows that Connie’s family is in Aunt Tillie’s backyard as well as what they’re doing and wearing. Arnold says, “They’re drinking, sitting around, there’s your sister in a blue dress, and your mother helping some fat woman with corn- husking corn” (Oates). Who would know this other than the devil himself? Is Arnold of this world? It’s as if he is gassing into Aunt Ellie’s backyard with a live feed; yet, her house is on the other side of town. Arnold falls over a couple of times. Oates goes on to say,” Arnold falling seems to be because his boots is stuffed with something”. This analogy makes...

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