The Fine Line Between Good and Evil in Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been? and A Good Man is Hard to Find”
While Arnold is most commonly depicted as the devil or a demonic figure, with a deeper understanding of the story, one can be lead to believe Arnold could be a satyr, a mischievous Greek demi-god, similar to the devil though just not as evil. Arnold’s friend, Ellie Oscar’s name closely resembles Eleos (sometimes spelled E’leos), which is the Greek god of mercy and pity. With this information it is further to conclude that Arnold Friend being a satyr is further supported. Further evidence can be provided when Connie describes the way he looks, “[Arnold Friend] placed his sunglasses on top of his head, carefully, as if he were indeed wearing a wig…”, indicating that he is wearing a wig to cover up his pointed ears and horns. Then with the way his boots fit him, “One of [Arnold Friend] boots was at a strange angle, as if his foot wasn't in it. It pointed out to the left, bent at the ankle,” his boots doesn’t fit him, because satyrs don’t have feet, they have hooves. At the beginning of story Connie is mentally describing Arnold Friend:
[Describing the way Arnold dressed], tight faded jeans… and a white pull-over shirt that was a little soiled and showed the hard small muscles of his arms and shoulders.