Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Questions and Answers
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What is a good thesis statement about "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"

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One interesting topic would be to examine the character of Arnold Friend. He certainly is a creepy character, and he seems to know more information about Connie than should be possible for a stranger to know. By removing the letter R from both names, you are left with An old Fiend. I think an interesting thesis could be an examination of how Arnold Friend is the incarnation of evil or Satan himself. A thesis might look like this: Arnold Friend is more than just an oddly eccentric personality and is instead the embodiment of evil. You could then examine two or three areas where Friend seems to be more than simply a bad man. Also important in this thesis would be those numbers that Friend reads off: 33, 19, 17. As it turns out, if you start at the end of the Old Testament and count backwards for 33 books, you land on Judges. Here is Judges 19:17:

When he looked and saw the traveler in the city square, the old man asked, "Where are you going? Where did you come from?"

The religious symbolism...

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