Arnold Friend Symbolism

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In the story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates the outcome and the meaning relies solely on the reader. For some it’s a riveting fight between good and evil and for others it’s a sordid tale of seduction and loss of innocence. Connie and Arnold Friend represent the struggle between good and evil. Oates’s mixture of literal, figurative, psychological and allegorical makes this a great and suspenseful tale. Oates unmasked Arnold Friend as a satyr which is a demi-god from Greek and Roman mythology. “In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” a satyr does come into the city, in the form of Arnold Friend. Dressed like a teenager, house for a date that will clearly involve her sexual initiation” (Easterly,
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