Arnold is also knowledgeable about who Connie associates with, “your best girl friends name is Betty… Betty Shultz and Tony Fitch and Jimmy Pettinger and Nancy Pettinger” (Oates 163-164). Arnold is an omniscient character which resembles the supernatural abilities of the Devil. Aside from his devil like mental construct, Arnold Friend also has physical qualities that are considered demonic. Connie was attracted to his appearance, his “tight faded jeans stuffed into black,
Arnold Friend tries to hypnotize people by the language he uses on them. For example, Arnold tries to get Connie in his car willingly when he says, “Dontcha wanta see what’s on the car? Don’tcha wanta go for a ride,” by saying this he is distracting her attraction because she is now more interested in the car than in him (Oates 3). Arnold continues to try to get Connie in the car when he puts on Bobby King, but Connie doesn’t go for the bait and she doesn't want to go with Arnold. When Arnold realizes his plan is failing he threatens Connie by saying, “ This is how it is honey: you come out and we’ll drive away, have a nice ride.
When Arnold's parents hear the news they give no attention to him, instead, they go their separate ways to grieve. At this moment it is apparent to Arnold that his parents are upset at him, so he begins to separate himself, as Berriault illustrates in this passage, “If his parents never called him, he thought, he would stay up in the loft forever, out of the way” (387). When Arnold's father and uncle, Andy, decided to ask him what happened, they are dismayed by Arnold's answer and proceed to give him a deathing silent treatment. They take him to the sheiff's office, where innocent Arnold is questioned like a criminal. The Sheriff reported back to Andy and Arnold's father stating that he was too reasonable of a boy, making not feel anything (Berriault 390).
We are introduced to Gilbert and Arnie watching campers like they do every single year, however this would be different because the campers bring in the quirky beauty named Becky (Juliette Lewis). Gilbert’s mundane life consists of working at a grocery store and the rest of the time he is taking care of Arnie. Arnie is always causing trouble for Gilbert by climbing the town’s water tower repeatedly and having to be rescued by Gilbert. Becky sees Gilbert dealing with Arnie is intriguing, the next day she comes into the store Gilbert works in and he helps her get the groceries to her broken down camper. Over the course of the movie they become a pair, she challenges his life of having no dreams and shows him the fun in life.
His inability to accept the fact that he is committing unnecessary acts of violence are proof that Abner views life from a different perspective. As the reader progresses through the story, it’s clear that Abner is carrying out actions only beneficial to himself. He speaks of loyalty numerous times to his son, however Abner only emphasizes this value when he needs Sarty to help him get out of a predicament. “Barn Burning” is a very interesting story containing numerous controversial events. As the story progresses, Abner shows his true colors of deception and violence.
Arnold Friend knows that Connie wants to fall in love. She wants to have someone by her side all the time. Arnold Friend tempts Connie because he knows what he can do to manipulate the mind of a young girl and make her do what he wants her to
Arnold FRIEND is introduced as a smooth very arrogant guy, yet the same illusory is illustrated between him and Connie once Arnold arrives at Connie’s house. The reader only sees Arnold at first as a bold boy with an ego out to impress a beautiful young girl, who has
He takes away her pride of rejecting people and forces her to choose her family being hurt of facing her demons and going with him. But he himself is almost a reflection of her sharing such similar traits only he comes out as the winner which is the ironic part. A big clue to Arnold representing what Connie doesn’t like is when he says “None of them would have done any of this for you” praying on her feeling of being unappreciated. Arnold is not only a demon in a physical from but also Connie’s eternal demon as