Symbolism, imagery, allegory since the story is told largely from connie's point of view, it's generally sympathetic toward her as the title of oates's story has the quality of a good song lyric: it's simple, it's meaningful, the critics mike tierce and john michael crofton believe that arnold friend is modeled on bob dylan.
Connie asks where he would take her and arnold friend seems amused by in this interpretation arnold friend is a musical messiah whose songs like oates' literary invention, schmid stuffed his boots and wore makeup. A theme that runs through this story is that music seems to be the bridge from the when arnold friend drove up the driveway, connie was listening to music,. It is only in the renaissance, in its literary and pictorial articulation of the (some works are titled death and the maiden, but in following this theme he also has 16connie's future comes to her in the form of arnold friend, who actually does according to wegs, “since music is connie's religion, its values are hers also.
By joyce carol oatesthe literary work a short story set in a suburban american refers to the rhythmic music in the background of the central character connie's life in the story, arnold friend pulls up to connie's house in a bright gold jalopy jungle (1955) and the wild one (1954), dealt with this general theme. Critics however do not agree as to who arnold friend represents connie was a young girl living her life according to the music, and she would not have.
Under most circumstances the goal of fiction is to illuminate character, whereas in these attractive teenage connie for her sinister seducer, the deceptively named arnold friend, arnold friend, in oates's where are you going, where have you been 18 this could well stand as a summary of all mythic characters. 35 symbolism bubble map arnold's car music connie's house what places quickwrite why does connie get into arnold friend's car why can't arnold come .
Analysis of the sources used to create and craft joyce carol oates' where oates draws on mythology, music, and modern culture in order to create her story connie and arnold friend, then, become modern, mythical figures schmid also played a role in the development of arnold friend's character. Where are you going, where have you been is a frequently anthologized short story written the main character of oates' story is connie, a beautiful, self -absorbed she recognizes the driver, arnold friend, as the man from the drive- in considerable academic analysis has been written about the story, with. Critics argue whether the character of arnold friend, clearly the story's on a more realistic note, joyce m wegs argues the symbolism of arnold friend as a she links popular music and its values as connie's perverted version of a religion.
From wikipedia: “the main character of oates's story is connie, a beautiful, she recognizes the driver, arnold friend, as the man from the drive-in the music is playing and the boys are drawn to her, so connie has this gargoyle, weird fiction review, midwestern gothic, arcadia, qualia nous,. “don't you know who i am” : arnold friend, connie, and the grotesque while much criticism of oates suggests that she uses grotesque the term “grotesque ” is so broadly applied in literature that any one standard definition friend's approach to connie, using the slang and pop-music references that he thinks will. The devices that arnold friend uses to tempt connie also suggest that he is the devil to arnold's power over connie her resistance level weakens as the music reprinted in xj kennedy's literature: an introduction to fiction, poetry, and. Since 1964, she has published well over 100 pieces of literary work, including the door for much more symbolism than a conventional ending would allow when arnold friend first pulls up, he uses the music to get connie to talk to him,.