Analysis Of Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

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In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” there are many theories as to who Arnold Friend is and what his role. The story does not introduce Arnold till the middle and end of the story when Arnold Friend and Ellie Oscar, his friend, decides to pull up to Connie’s house trying to be gentle, but threatening at the same time. The tone sets the mood of the story, the way he talks is suave, so he doesn’t scare her as much but you could sense a little of annoyance in his voice when she refuses. He asks her to come ride with him, but then starts to threaten her family so she would get out the house and be with him. Many would argue he portrays Satan or Connie’s karma for her misbehavior. Throughout the story, there are references that relates to the bible that relates to the title. Arnold’s friend, Ellie plays the quiet, menacing creep who seems like he is trying to help Connie when he offers to let her …show more content…

I don’t know what role Ellie plays in the story, but someone who came with the radio/music. Music is being played in her house, in the car, and at the restaurant. When Oates, the author, was writing the story, she had Bob Dylan’s song “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” in mind. Towards the end, Arnold mentions a girl with blue eyes, yet Connie’s eyes are brown, which makes you think if he has some sort of mental issue. We don’t know what happened to Connie at the end, but someone who is in his 40’s thinking she’s someone else can’t be a good thing. He’s dressed as though he wants to look young and trick Connie into thinking he is young just so she can be attracted to him. Music sets the mood and tone for the story, the type of music being played is and comparing his voice to music. It’s intense, yet not too intense, like we could feel what Connie feels. The way he speaks “in a simple lilting voice, exactly as if he were reciting the words to a song.” It’s gentle so he does not scare her

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