Regardless as to why Connie may have continued talking to Friend, she does appear to have paid a very high price for engaging with him. If you take the theme as being independence then from the beginning of the story Oates is giving independence a name Connie. One finds themselves frustrated and confused in this particular stage. There also appears to be an internal conflict within Connie. Though June works hard and would seem to be going in the right direction, Connie, possibly through naivety believes that her looks will carry her through to maturity. On the other side of the situation is Arnold Friend, and his appearance is much different from how he is in reality.
Oates, however, indicates that Connie's eyes are really brown. It is clear that Connie mother is a little envies of her. The things Arnold says to Connie accurately represent the search she has undertaken as a teenager seeking maturity. Do you think her sister June would have handled the situation any better? This action is very important to the story, because if the narrator was telling the story as one of the characters, then this part of the story would have been told completely differently. Without the narrator this short story would be much more dull and drab.
The use of a narrator also helps the reader visualize what is truly going on in the story. Connie and her friend hang out and go to the shopping center or the movies. She looked at the name, Arnold Friend. Though she is older and does appear to be more level headed than Connie and as such may not be as easily drawn in by Friend. Some critics also suggest that Fiend or the devil is wearing boots in order to hide his hooves.
It was this theme, along with the harmonies of vocal trio The Three Degrees, and a more beefed up, black steel locomotive with fire blazing from its smokestack, that truly put Soul Train on the map. Although Connie often fights against her family, particularly her mother and sister, they constitute the only life she really knows. Connie presents to the reader characteristics reflecting that of any teenager. Later, Connie and her friend return to the mall to be picked up by her friend's father. Oates also provides a hint in the story which would suggest the title is taken from the bible. Connie decides to chat with the strange driver. He lies and tells her he's around her age.
Like many young people she experiments with her persona, adopting a different set of mannerisms when with her peers. Many critics have suggested that Arnold Friend is the devil in disguise. A good example was from the Garden of Eden. I would also agree with you that should the incident with Friend have involved June things may have been different with June most likely having the maturity through life experience to tell Friend to go away. Oates's 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? She is the 'pretty' one in the family, and thus thinks herself to be superior than her mother and older sister.
Or that the story would have turned out differently if Connie had never laid eyes on Arnold Friend? Soon after that she published a collection of short stories and a year later published her first novel. Oates seems to be pointing a finger at modern culture. After casual chit-chat about the car, he introduces himself as Arnold Friend. It was inspired by three murders committed by , which were profiled in magazine in an article written by Don Moser on March 4, 1966. As a fifteen-year-old girl who struggles to get along with her family and enjoys nothing more than spending time with her friends and flirting with boys at the plaza, Connie is highly attuned to music and the affect it has on her. Even when she threatens to call the police, he remains fixed at the door.
The only mention of a woman driver is when Arnold mentions a ' crazy woman driver' who left a dent in his car. Observe that only men in the story drive, and never the women. Also by immediately focusing on Connie Oates may be mirroring how Connie feels about herself. Could you see this story re-written with a boy as the main character — some youngster so eager to please older, cooler guys that he lands himself in a really bad situation? Girls who may be impressed that an older man has taken an interest in them. Reflects the story very well. He tells Connie that he is eighteen, although she estimates that he must be at least 30. When a sweet, if bland, young man named Eddie invites her to dinner, she immediately leaves her friend.
I'm the reason you smoke 20 cigarettes every day - you try to give up, but we both know you always cave in and smoke all the more. If the reader reads backwards, the 33 rd book of the Old Testament is Judges and Chapter 19, Verse 17 reads — And when he had lifted up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city: and the old man said, Whither goest thou? Arnold Friend told Connie that she should get in the car with him. Arnold has a picture of himself spray-painted on the side of his car. The reason being, is because the story could not have come from anyone else, but Jesus. They could represent ages of his victims or it maybe even includes his age in it. In this short story, the main character is a fifteen year old girl, named Connie.
But the Ring never achieves Its goal because each character possesses a unique set of skills which resist the evil temptations of the Ring. Probably the most obvious sign of conflict is the struggle Connie encounters with Arnold Friend. With the arrival of Arnold Friend, the already blurred line between fantasy and reality becomes even more confused and disturbing. In the myth of Persephone, the young goddess and daughter of Zeus and Demeter is kidnapped by god of the underworld, Hades. The next day is a Sunday.