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What are the similarities between "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and "Revelation"?

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The two stories follow an extremely similar narrative structure, with almost indistinguishable protagonists. These protagonists are older women who do not understand or attempt to understand the way that the world has changed around them or even viewpoints from different walks of life than their own. Both are met with something of an ironic "message from god" at the end of their respective stories.

For the Grandmother in "A Good Man is Hard to Find," this epiphany costs her her life. After subverting her son's wishes at every turn through almost childish acts, (such as insisting that they sight-see at a house that is implied to not even be there, as well as causing her son's car to crash by stowing away her cat), the grandmother finds herself face to face with a serial killer known as "the misfit." As he explains that his existence is at odds with the miracle of Christ, the misfit systematically murders the grandmother's entire family. Realizing that it was her ignorance and naivete...

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