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Arnold Buddy Essay

Assignment id 1016742
Discipline Arts Entertainment
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Arnold Friend Arnold Friend is a seductive man, or if I say ArN OLD FrIEND with a dark look hiding something deeper, something evil? Arnold, posing as a teen-age boy, is none other than the devil himself, that reveals in his words and actions, and in his bodily traits. From the very start of, Joyce Carol Oates', "Where are you going, Where Are you?" A certain number of religious references are interspersed throughout. These references help to maintain a biblical feeling, and to specify a route for Friend's entry into the narrative. They also foreshadow that; powers beyond a human degree will be presented. Friend resembles a single person in the beginning, but as the story unfolds, he is shown as someone else or anything else. In addition, numerous statements in the narrative prove the fact that Buddy is a wicked guy. In order to set the mood for Friends evil and devilish personality many religious references are used. The place where Buddy appears, is a normal teenage hangout the frequents deem as holy or even as a safe refuge. The music in the background is playing quietly like songs that one hears at a church. The second area we see Buddy is at a young woman's home. The young girl whom Buddy appears to be seducing does not attend church, therefore making her more vulnerable to his evil. During his discussions with this girl, Friend employs the lord's name in vein. He says "goddam" at a stage, and "Christ!" at another. (Oates 478). This last curse sounds as though it's forced, whereas the other seems to be normal for him to say. Friend may not look very evil in his physical appearance, but his actions bring out this bad in him. Arnold Friend seems to be a typic...

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