What are some of the weapons that Arnold  uses against Connie in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been"? Identify some of the ominous details in the story that foreshadow a tragic...

What are some of the weapons that Arnold  uses against Connie in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been"?

Identify some of the ominous details in the story that foreshadow a tragic end for her.

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kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Arnold uses manipulation and flattery against Connie that aid him in getting her to come with him.  First, he flatters her with comments about her beauty.  He uses the flattery to manipulate her and throw her "off guard."  He can "read" her well and knows she is influenced by flattery...that she loves it and desires it.  He also uses threats to manipulate her into going with him.  The main one he uses involves threatening to kill her entire family if she does not come with him.  In addition, Arnold speaks to her in a definitive, matter-of-fact way, telling her what she will do in a nonchalant way.  Connie is in so much disbelief at what is happening that she feels as if she is in a dream.  She can barely manage to scream into the phone that she picks up to call the police, and she gets no further in trying to call them.  She is merely a puppet now for Arnold Friend.  Connie is in a trance-like dreamworld at the end of the story, and walks calmly out of the door to go with Arnold Friend to a certain demise.

Some of the ominous details in the story that foreshadow a bad outcome for Connie include Connie being watched by Arnold when she was with her friends; Arnold showing up at her home and knowing where she lived and knowing about her life and family; and Connie being home alone and her family not returning for some time.  

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