The Devil In Disguise
In Joyce Carol Oates “Where Are you Going, Where Have You Been” there is a clear interpretation of evil in Arnold Friend?s portrayal of a demon who tries to lure Connie into his world of sex and emotion. Joyce Carol Oates seems to create scenarios of real life and center them into her story. The harsh reality she includes in this story is that there actually are demons like Arnold Friend in the world. By incorporating more life like realities in the story, Oates creates the evil of Arnold in an almost believable setting and proves that the world is full of both innocence and evil.
There are many clues in the story that hint towards Arnold Friend not being a friend, but in fact a demon that has come to take Connie away. When Arnold Friend first approaches Connie, he begins to talk as if she was expecting him. He says, ?I ain?t late am I? (Oates 618). Connie has an uneasy feeling about him and feels violated by his presence. Arnold seems to be pressuring
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