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Contextual Analysis

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On one of those days out with her friend, a boy named Eddie comes to talk to them in the restaurant and he offers to buy some food for Connie. They leave Connie’s friend at the restaurant promising not to be long and as they are on their way, Connie sees this boy with black, shaggy hair who smiles at her and says, “Gonna get you, baby”.One Sunday, when her parents and sister visit her aunt for a berbecue, she remains at home listening to Bobby King over the radio. After a while, she hears a car coming up the driveway. She wonders how soon her parents would have returned from their visit but to her surprise, she sees the same boy with black, shabby, shaggy hair with his friend, who invites her for a ride in his car. Something about this boy is that he seems very familiar, as if she knew him before, but again it evades her memory. His name is Arnold Friend and he is really strange. Connine is surprised that he knows so much about her like her name, her friend’s name, where her parents and sister have gone and what they are doing at the moment. When she inquires about this, Arnold tells her that she knew him from before, only that she doesn’t remember.Arnold is patient and does not give up on Connie’s refusal to join them for a ride. At first she refuses gently but when he insists, she threatens to call the police if he does not leave their house. Arnold does not seem to be scared of whatever action she might take. He still keeps on asking her to go with him. He does not seem to be shaken with the threat of her calling the police. Arnold promises that he would not force himself into the house if she does not call the police, but if she does; he would enter forcefully and would not leave until her parents come and they would find out what has happened. Ellie, on the other hand threatens to pull out the telephone so that she would not call the police but Arnold warns him sternly agaisnt doing this. In desperation, Connie is confused and does not know what to do since she tries to make the call, instead, she hears loud a noise inside her. She sits on the floor unable to do anything and finally gives in to Arnold’s request to put the phone back and come out of the house with him. She allows herself into his embrace and the story ends with Connie in his arms in a trance-like occurance since she does not seem like herself any more.Throughout Oates’ works, there are recurrent themes,
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  • Pages: 6 (1500 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: English
  • Level: Undergraduate
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