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Henry Lawsons The Union buries its dead is a story which explores the procedure of a union burial for a man whose identity is unknown and whose presence was obviously barely noticed He was stranger in town and the fact of his having been a Union man accounted for the funeral The story that surrounds the burial is told through the eyes of a narrator who seems to be jaded by a world who pretends to care Thus through the realistic narrators bitter tone and language we are led to believe that the majority of members in the small town possess anything but true feelings for the deceased union man As we discover this realism by the end of the story we can see that the burial of this unknown man would have been fortunate to have had little or any impact on anyone Throughout the story the narrator is positioned in relation to the characters as a local within the town but perhaps an outsider in his thoughts and values In general he seems to assign great degrees of importance to non-linguistic forms of communication and positions the reader to make judgements on any action that takes place on the day of the burial But whether we endorse the narrators views or reject them the narrator can only see what he sees and he cannot pretend to a knowledge he does not have Therefore assumptions and remarks like the grave-digger was not altogether bowelless lead us to doubt the reliability of his narration As a mere bystander at the burial he can not describe peoples inner thoughts or make presumptions on whether or not the grave-digger is a very compassionate man or if he is indeed a shallow man The spoken language and actions of the characters in the story however do tend to make a mockery of the situation and further indicate the lack of compassion exerted by the general
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