Create a 3 page essay paper that discusses Identify Arnold Friend and analyze why he is important in the story. How does he communicate the story’s meaningUse 3 quotations from the story to support your ideas.
Connie is a girl with a split personality. a phenomenon that every teen goes through at one point in life. Her mother scolded for eyeing herself in the mirror out of vanity and she always retorted meanly. She was disorganized and unlike her sister who was in her twenties. One thing that her mother did not object her from doing was hanging out with her friends. Probably that was something she felt was necessary for girls to be doing at her age. May be that way she would learn to be lady-like. One day she and her friend rushed to a drive-in restaurant for young adults after shopping in the plaza. As Eddie comes and offers Connie to eat out with him, Connie is portrayed as very excited and dazed. It was the effect of the environment on her. But in the midst of this feeling of elation she encounters
“…a boy with shaggy black hair, in a convertible jalopy painted gold. He stared at her and then his lips widened into a grin. Connie slit her eyes at him and turned away, but she couldn’t help glancing back and there he was, still watching her. He wagged a finger and laughed and said, “Gonna get you, baby,” and Connie turned away again without Eddie noticing anything.” (Oates 2)
This might just be a coincidence that Eddie did not notice anything. But the reader is introduced to Arnold Friend for the very first time and the first impression he gets of his is that of disgust, which probably Connie was also rightfully feeling.
Connie did not have a mature sense of emotion towards any of her boyfriend’s so she considered them all the same. When her parents and sister left for barbecue at her aunt’s place, she started day dreaming about the time she spent with Eddie but all the heat around her interrupted her thoughts. Arnold reappeared the second time in his gold painted jalopy outside the house. At first Connie does not recognize the car and the guy in the driving seat but as she approached the kitchen door and heard the familiar voice she became