The Fine Line Between Good and Evil in Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been? and A Good Man is Hard to Find”

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Stories usually include the archetype bad guys that seem to be evil, but in numerous stories, the “bad guys” persona becomes clouded. In the short stories, “Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates and “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor there are centralized antagonists, Arnold Friend and The Misfit, that are the archetype of a bad guy with a troubled past. Both short stories have subliminal messages hinting towards the devil. But if you start reading deeper you can see that’s not all they are portrayed, as seen in the short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, the Misfit could also be portrayed as an archetype as a savior or a seer that has lost his way, although in “Where Are You Going? Where …show more content…
As same as Connie’s named suggesting she can be conned, which Arnold Friend uses to his advantage toward the end of the story.
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.

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