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What is the theme of "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been"?

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marine78 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 16, 2007 at 6:27 AM via web

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What is the theme of "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been"?

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daveb | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 23, 2007 at 1:16 PM (Answer #2)

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One other theme that could be addressed is just what, exactly, is Arnold Friend?

There are clues sprinkled throughout the story that suggest that not only is he not a Friend, he may not even be human. Pay attention to his shoes/boots. Pay attention to the numbers on his car. And, when all is said and done, what exactly happens to Connie?

OK, I won't leave you in suspense; there's every indication that Arnold ("An old fiend") is the devil.

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jlvperez | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 7, 2008 at 2:30 AM (Answer #3)

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The central theme of the story is the difference between appearances and reality.

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