The Hidden Identity of Arnold Friend The world is full of people who portray themselves as someone or something else. People usually hide their identity to obtain things that they want. It is common to be fooled by someone's appearance. In the story, a girl named Connie is confronted by a man who is trying.
The story first appeared in the Fall edition of Epoch magazine. It was inspired by three Tucson, Arizona murders committed by Charles Schmid , which were profiled in Life magazine in an article written by Don Moser on March 4, Connie is a pretty, self-conscious 15 year old girl. She has a strained relationship with her mother, who is jealous of her youth and beauty. Her mother constantly compares her to her sister, who is plain and hard-working. Her father is fairly distant and busy with work. Connie enjoys going out with friends to the mall and "a drive-in restaurant where the older kids hung out".
Joyce Carol Oates tells a rather disturbing tale of a vain teenaged girl and a mysterious man. All the main characters in this short story represent something more than they appear at surface level and the interpretations of these characters by literary scholars vary greatly. The characters and what they mean are the most important part of this story.
Oates was disturbed by the number of teenagers that this killer was able to persuade to help him and keep his secrets Oates 1. Oates uses irony, imagery, and symbolism to. Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been? The antagonist Arnold Friend, who symbolizes the devil, shows how simple it is to take away your safe haven through sinister acts.