Arnold Friend Deception

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When reading the story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Arnold Friend shows an obvious masquerade to readers. His act of deception to Connie shows that he has done this before, and has succeeded. He tricks Connie by changing his appearance to make himself look younger than he actually is, playing the same music she listens to, and tells her he knows who her friends and family are. Connie is an easy target for Arnold because she is very boy crazy. While talking to Arnold Friend, Connie realizes strange things about him and his car. After realizing that Arnold is not who he says he is, Connie doesn’t run away or call someone because he threatened her, and there are two people against her. When Arnold Friend pulls up to Connie’s house in his car he uses a series of stratagems to try to convince her that he is her age, and younger than he actually is. One way that he does this is that he stuffs his boots to try to make himself look taller. This is shown in the story because his boot is bent in a weird position where it doesn’t even look like his foot is in the shoe. When Connie asks how old he is, he says her age. When she denies this, he says he is 18. He also wears a wig, …show more content…

It is shown in the story that Arnold Friend has had a lot of experience doing this. He tricks Connie by disguising himself to look younger than he actually is, playing the same music as her, and telling her he knows who her family and friends are. Connie may be an easy target for Arnold because she is very boy crazy, but Connie realizes Arnold really isn’t who he says he is. The reasons that Connie doesn’t run away when she realizes this is because Arnold Friend threatens her and her family, and there are two people against her. In conclusion, all these things describe how Arnold Friend shows an obvious masquerade, and how he

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