Who Is Arnold Friend Essay

1330 Words May 15th, 2014 6 Pages
My Analysis for who is Arnold Friend
Since the beginning of time, stories have been told about the forces of good and evil. Some say the devil is the personification of evil, the enemy of God and humankind, and the evil force that never seems to prevail. In a biblical interpretation of Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” one can see how Oates portrays one character, Arnold Friend, as the devil. The story is about a 15-year old girl, Connie, caught up in the insecurities and fantasies of puberty. After Connie sneaks to the movies with her friends one evening, the wicked eye of the devil spots her and decides to take her for his prey. Friend decides to go to Connies’ home one Sunday afternoon, when he knows her
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Friend goes to the full extent, even dressing the part, pretending to be a teenage boy trying to take a gal out “just for a ride” on a Sunday afternoon in order for his prey, Connie, to to his trap.

At first the devils’ plan works as, “Connie liked the way he was dressed, which was the way all of them (teenage boys) dressed.” By dressing in a way that Connie would normally associate boys her age with, Friend initially tricks Connie into believing he is a boy her age. His false appearance of friendship makes him seem quite acceptable to the unsuspecting eye, yet Satan often comes in the form of a friend, just as Arnold Friend pretended to be Connie’s friend, and then deceives. In the Bible, Satan comes to Eve in the form of a serpent, befriends her, and makes her believe that it is okay to eat fruit from a tree in the center of the Garden of Eden, an area that God told her specifically not to eat from. Satan says to Eve about the tree, “You will not certainly die…For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4-5). By making Eve believe she will gain from eating the fruit, Satan makes himself appear as a friend, when he really knows that if she does, sin will be created, and it will plague humanity for many years

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