Where Are You Going Arnold Friend Quotes

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Elia Bergquist Juan Espinoza EN102 23 February 2023 Where are You Going, What are Your Intentions? In the short story, “Where Have You Been, Where Are You Going?” Carol Joyce Oates creates a thriller of a story that leaves the reader with an unsettling feeling. The story revolves around the two main characters, Arnold Friend and Connie. While Arnold Friends’ true identity as an antagonist is never revealed in the story, there are several aspects of his character that can be explored to gain a better understanding of his role in the story such as his dialogue, actions, and intentions, as a threat. Arnold’s dialogue is the first part of his character development that we see. Immediately after pulling in the driveway Arnold makes a light hearted …show more content…

You use actions, and this is the next clue we look at in this story. Jumping back to the start of the story, Arnold comes to the house uninvited and uses charm as a way to lure her in. Connie describes him as having “shaggy, shabby black hair that looked crazy as a wig”(88). His physical appearance seems to be just as misleading as his dialogue. “Tight faded jeans stuffed into black, scuffed boots, a belt that pulled his waist in and showed how lean he was, and a white pullover shirt that was a little soiled and showed the hard small muscles of his arms and shoulders” (89). Connie mentions that he is dressed like all the rest of her aged boys which leads the reader to believe Arnold did this intentionally to deceive Connie. Body language plays an immense part on Connie, as Arnold performs his unsettling gazes at her. The first being with his sunglasses on. Connie thinks to herself how she cannot see where his eyes are actually looking. This adds to the feeling of danger that fills Connie’s head. While these are all MOSTLY harmless, Arnold gets infuriated towards the end of the story when Connie refuses to leave her house and grasps her arm in hopes that he can force her into his car. While grabbing her arm he says to her, “This place you’re at now, it isn’t your real home, you know that don’t you?” (95). This clearly shows Arnold violating Connie’s person as well as showing Arnolds eagerness to use physical methods to pursue the

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