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The persona of a psychopath appears to be much like any human In many cases one would not be able to pick them out of a crowd Their minds however differ greatly from most A psychopath is extremely smart and methodical in thinking and most often is very meticulous in the way in which heshe acts While many people are not thinking beyond the norm a psychopath thinks about every breath step and word a person lets out into the open In the short story Where are you going Where have you been by Joyce Carol Oates the depiction of a psychopath is quite apparent His mannerism thoughts and tactic all create the perfect portrayal of a truly deranged character Arnold Friend follows Connie from the beginning of the story When Connie finally notices his presence he stares at her and then his lips widenedand there he was still watching her Oates 589 revealing his true desires and aspirations Arnold not only wants to kill Connie but to see and understand every breath she takes Although unaware of his closeness it becomes quite apparent that Arnold Friend is stalking Connie when he states I know my Connie Oates 592 In Arnolds mind Connie is a component of his game that he must figure out Bringing fear to Connies eyes Arnold states I know your name and all about you lots of things Oates 592 truly proving his demented intentions Recalling seeing Connie at the drive-in the night before and had wagged a finger and laughed saying Gonna get you baby in response to Connies smirk Barstow 2577 divulging his true obsession with Connie Although Arnold pursues Connie stealthily there are many other elements to his psychopathic mind Arnold Friends mannerisms augment his deranged intellect When confronting Connie his odd behavior repeatedly reveals his abnormal feelings and emotions Speaking to Connie in a fast bright monotone Oates 591 he clashes excitement and boredom an unusual mixture
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