This is not only an allegorical symbol but it is ironic as well. Another allegorical symbol about Arnold Friend, would be that he appeared to be a young boy in person, as shown here, “It was a boy with shaggy hair…” (Oates 1). While he appeared young in the beginning, as the story progresses as he physically gets closer and closer to Connie she notices his age. It is symbolic of his many masks. This is an allegorical symbol because the devil is deceitful in that he can trick someone into seeing what he wants them to. The removal from the “r’s” in Arnold Friends name is not the only ironic situation in “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”. The story is also full of irony. An example of this irony would be that Connie’s family did not attend church on Sunday, as shown here, “One Sunday morning Connie got up at eleven-none of them bothered with church...” (Oates 2). This is ironic because of the tribulations that Connie will endure that are related to evils, going to church on this particular Sunday especially would have been a good idea in Connie’s case.
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