The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane traces the effects of
war on a Union soldier, Henry Fleming, from his dreams of soldiering,
to his actual enlistment, and through several battles of the Civil
War. Henry Fleming was not happy with his boring life on the farm. He
wanted to become a hero in war and have girls loving him for his
glorious achievements in battle. He knew his mother would not like to
see him go to war, but it was his decision to make. He dreamed of the
exiting battles of war and the thrill of fighting glorious battles. He
didn't want to stay on the farm with nothing to do, so he made the
final decision to enlist.
After enlisting he finds ...view middle of the document...
He finally got up and started running like a proverbial chicken, who
has lost the direction of safety.
After running away, Henry started rationalizing his behavior
after running from the enemy. At first he fells he was a stupid
coward for running, then he feels he was just saving himself for
later. he felt nature didn't want him to die, eventhough his side is
losing. He believes he was intelligent for running and hopes he will
die in battle just for spite. The same time Henry met Jim, he also met
a tattered man. In the next charge, Henry and the tattered man see Jim
die a slow, and painful death. After Jim's death, and a little
talking, Henry,though not realizing it, leaves the tattered man alone
on the battle field, hurting inside, and dangerous to himself.
In the charge ahead, Henry starts asking the soldiers why they
are running. He grabbed a comrad by the arm and asked the man "why-
why-" not letting go of the mans arm, so the man hit Henry over the
head with the butt of his rifle, giving Henry his first Red Badge of
Courage. Dazed, Henry stumbles around the battle field struggling to
stay on his feet, until a cheery man comes around and helps Henry to