Sloan C. Teacher
3 December 2012
Red Badge of Courage
Cour-age [kur-ij, kuhr-] noun 1.the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger , pain , etc., without fear; bravery. Is the theme that Stephane Crane brings into the novel the Red Badge of Courage with the story of a young boy named Henry who seems to have a hard time finding out who he really is and finding out that joining the Union army turned out to be a lot more difficult than he believed. Henry faces many self problems by comparing his self to the rest of the soliders and their bravery (red badges of courage) which he seems to lack of. But towards the end Henry will find out who he truly is and will appreciate him self and so will the rest of his fellow companions.
Stephan Crane does a fenaminal job of expressing the theme of the story through out the entire novel keeping the reader engaged. In the beginning of the story you see Henry as a young boy who is immature and is scared of going into battle and feels alone. Once the Union really starts to go into war Henry’s solution is to run away during battle and then once the battle is over join the rest of the soliders. Though Henry feels useless and like a coward he finds it better than being killed in battle. Henry finds two very interesting characters in the story the “tall solider” and the “loud solider” who help him make his journey through out the story and help him gain a bit of courage. In one of the battles Henry actually goes in and fights and turns out he is a war devil. This gives Henry a huge confidence boost and for once feels part of Union army but wont last for too long. Towards the middle of the story Henry is then shot down again seeing a close friend go down he is also brought down and loses faith in him self. This time Henry runs away for a good amount of time and is in a deep depression up to the point where he finds no reason to...
Cited: Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. Pleasantville, NY: Reader 's Digest
Association, 1982. Print.
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