To distract her, he makes fun of Ellie, who is listening to music in the car. Schmid killed three young women before he was caught. When you're that age, the world is your oyster. Words: 593 - Pages: 3. If Connie did what was expected of her staying at the shopping plaza or going to the family barbecue, she wouldn't have attracted Friend's attention.
Connie is vain and self-centered like many other teenagers of her age, constantly looking into the mirror, has a fake, nervous giggle, and a flirty voice. Maybe you'll be blown away by the psychological depth of the main character. Resolution: She realizes her fate and sells her soul to the devil and she goes into the white light and leaves with Arnold. This marked lack of authority allows Connie to begin asserting her will and independence. Schmid seduced and killed several teenage girls in the 1960s. Connie picks up the telephone but can only hear a roaring sound and is unable to make a call, instead screaming and crying out for her mother.
Arnold has a picture of himself spray-painted on the side of his car. For one his pale skin and his hair is wild, almost as though he is wearing a wig and hiding some horns underneath. A very arrogant and selfish girl that in her world the only thing that matters is how many heads she can turn when walking into a room. He threatens her and her family if she doesn't cooperate. She constantly thinks about the boys she meets on her nights out, sometimes filling her mind with trashy daydreams. She wakes and is temporarily disoriented before heading back inside. She does not get along with her mother, and her father is seldom around.
Disclaimer: this story ain't easy. Connie is absolutely horrified, not intrigued. In fact, if the Devil is going to catch the attention of his victims, he must first speak in a familiar nature to gain their confidence. Fifteen year old Connie has the confusing, often exterior behavior typical of those girls who are facing the difficult transition from girlhood to womanhood in the 1960s. Connie's sexual desires are once again revealed. Where did you come from? She recognizes his voice as the voice of a man on the radio. Arnold says again that she should come outside or her family will get hurt.
The sister—named June—is twenty-four and a paragon of responsibility. Connie often portrays herself as a mature woman, paying extra attention to superficial things, viz. Flag Abuse Flagging a post will send it to the Goodreads Customer Care team for review. Unfortunately, the part of the brain that enables the understanding the consequences of the actions we take doesn't develop until our early twenties. Thus, he ends forcing her without even laying a finger on her. Maybe you'll be puzzling over the hidden meaning—what do the numbers on the side of Arnold Friend's convertible mean? The reader understands her to also be rather promiscuous and to seek the approval of her peers. But I think it's just the mantra of any mother of a teenager and probably something that Connie's mother has asked Connie but not her sister, June, often.
The real life criminal Charles Schmid also played a role in the development of Arnold Friend's character. Remember, when Friend showed up at her door, it wasn't the first time she'd seen him. Maybe you'll be forever creeped out by the unforgettable antagonist. Where they first met, the restaurant is shaped like an old church and the background music is like that of a church sermon 206. If her house symbolizes her childhood world, then the outside can be understood to symbolize adulthood.
Arnold Friend and his side kick Ellie show up in his gold convertible. Connie looks carefully at her visitor and realizes that all though he seems like all the other boys she knows, there is something strange about him. Connie successfully hides a dual life—in which she experiments with boys—from her parents. Arnold Friend shows her his sign, drawing an X in the air, explaining he flashed it at her when he first saw her. Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Also, the mood and words of the second half of the story indicate fear and worrisome.
This style of writing is common on many of her works including 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? After a long days work, all we are thinking about is getting home. His feet don't fit his boots. She tries to lock to door, but her fingers are shaking too much. Berlind Professor in the Humanities with the Program in Creative Writing. He invites her to come look at the other side of the car but Connie refuses, staying in the doorway. Later, Connie and her friend return to the mall to be picked up by her friend's father. Teenagers were highly mesmerized by popular rock bands and movies.