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Courage is not a virtue which can be defined in one broad stroke Nor can it be easily under adverse conditions In Roger Malvins Burial by Nathaniel Hawthorne along with A Good Man is Hard to Find by Francis OConnor a lack of courage can be seen in two distinct ways In Roger Malvins Burial the protagonist Reuben Bourne is haunted by a looming sense of guilt from the knowledge that he did not come back to provide a proper burial for his father-in-law who he left wounded in feeble from war in the darkness of the woods On the hand in A Good Man is Hard to Find a man named the Misfit appears to have lost all meaning in his life as he now resorts to a life of crime and murder Although both Reuben Bourne and the Misfit appear lacking in courage unable to act up to their ideal sense of behavior there appears to be overriding factors in both men which help create this flaw tearing underneath both men stripping away the courage that both used to have Both these stories depict instances displaying a lack of courage from the central character In Roger Malvins Burial Reuben Bourne promises Roger Malvin his older friend who fought with him in the Indian War to come back with help Reuben is hesitant to leave Roger as he knows that he is sure to perish if hes not there to tend his wounds However after conversing with Roger he realizes that he must leave or otherwise he will perish as well Roger has a daughter Dorcas who he knows Reuben loves and wants to marry Therefore Reuben makes a promise to send for help back to his location as soon as he makes it back to civilization His promise is marked by strong words the handkerchief that had been the bandage of a wound upon Reubens arm and as he bound it to the
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