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Is Arnold Friend the Devil in disguise in Joyce Carol Oates short story Where Are You Going Where Have You Been If one were to look at the facts surrounding the actual event this story was based on any assumption that Friend was anything but a man would be thrown out due to logic However if one were to look at the story alone he could concede that Friend is indeed the Devil or at least the Devils angel First there is the physical description of Arnold Friend His shaggy shabby black hair that looked crazy as a wig 591 his nose long and hawk-like 592 and his eyes that were like chips of broken glass 592 all suggest that he is evil in some way His whole face was a mask Connie thought wildly tanned down onto his throat but then running out as if he had plastered make-up on his face but had forgotten about his throat 596 This indicates that Friend is not of human race and he is using the mask to cover his face and shield his true identity f rom Connie Also Arnolds boots must have been stuffed with something so that he would seem taller 596-7 The fact that Friend is short could mean he is an elf or dwarf-like creature or it could merely mean that he is trying to be something he definitely is not Besides physical characteristics the devilish nature of Friend is depicted through his subtle ability to manipulate Connie When they first meet Connie is apprehensive of Arnold Through manipulation charm and possibly a spell Arnold is skillful in influencing Connie ultimately resulting in her demise Now get up honey Get up all by yourself She stood 599 The kitchen looked like a place she had never seen before 596 Her eyes darted everywhere in the kitchen She could not remember what it was this room 597 Common places no longer have any
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