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In Roger Malvins Burial Hawthorne presents the story of a man who lies to his wife about how he helped her father in his dying days The young man Reuben Bourne and his girlfriends father Roger Malvin have been left wounded by a battle After journeying for three days Roger can no longer go on Despite his request to Reuben that he should go home to his daughter Dorcas Reuben refuses and wants to stay by Rogers side until he dies However Reuben decides that he can try to save Roger by getting help and if not promises that he will return to bury Roger Instead Reuben ventures off and rests after the second day where he plans to await death Soon a few travelers come and rescue Reuben and take him to his hometown where he sleeps for a few days Therefore Reuben returns home safely while he leaves Roger to die without being buried This sin of abandoning Roger leads to overwhelming guilt by Reuben which in turn leads to self-destruction and the deaths of Reubens son Cyrus Thus in Roger Malvins Burial Hawthorne demonstrates that sin and guilt leads to dehumanization as the guilt of not fulfilling his promise to Roger consumes Reubens life sending him down a destructive path At first Reuben is so overcome by sin and guilt that he lies to Dorcas about how her father died When Reuben returns home Dorcas asks him where her father is As Reuben tells the accurate story of their journey from the battle before he deserts Roger Dorcas interrupts him fearing that her father died with Reuben by his side Reluctantly Reuben confirms her suspicion as he bowed his head finding it impossible to acknowledge that his selfish love of life had hurried him away before her fathers fate was decided 24 Reuben cannot force himself to tell Dorcas the truth because he is too ashamed that he was not by
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