What do you think Arnold Friend symbolizes in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"

Arnold Friend could be said to symbolize the devil. Like the devil, he's superficially friendly and charming, but in actual fact turns out to be the incarnation of evil. Arnold's physical traits, as well as his behavior towards Connie, point towards his representing the devil himself.

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Arnold Friend symbolizes the exact opposite of what his name implies: he represents danger, potential pedophilia, and the end of life as Connie knows it.

We get to know Connie as a typical vain teenager, who enjoys looking at herself in the mirror and hanging out with her friends. As is the case with most teenagers, she is oblivious to the dangers which she brings into her life, and together with her friends, they regularly go to a local drive-in rather than the mall, where their parents think they are. It is here that she first encounters the creepy Arnold Friend, so it could also be argued that his character represents rebellion in this story.

Friend, who is described as a "boy with shaggy black hair" comes across straight away as unkempt and a potential source of trouble. When he arrives at her house, despite her never having told him her name or where she lives, she heads outside to speak to him rather than immediately calling the police. I would therefore also argue that Arnold...

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