Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage" Analytical Essay by BrainC

Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage"
This paper discusses Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage", the story of the life of one Union soldier during the Civil War.
# 52624 | 1,005 words | 2 sources | APA | 2004 | US
Published on Sep 08, 2004 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865)

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This paper explains that the reader of Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage", initially notes the theme of courage in the opening scene, when the reader sees Henry regarding the warriors he learned about in school as personifications of courage. The author points out that, throughout the novel, the ability of Crane to describe courage in real, raw terms is particularly striking, especially in the way it evokes the understanding and sympathy of the reader. The paper stresses that, in addition to the strength of Crane's language in evoking the feeling of courage, the author's ability to describe the conditions of war with striking realism only serves to underscore the depth of courage it requires from its combatants.

From the Paper:

"In addition to Henry's courage in the face of fear (for he most definitely is afraid after his first day of fighting), there are several other characters in the novel that exhibit courage in different ways. For example, Hasbrouck is not only the personification of bravery in his ability to "lead his men into battle," but also in his care of his men. In addition, Henry's friend, Jim, is almost stoic in his ability to face the reality (and high probability) of death on the battlefield. Even Henry's mother shows (perhaps the most difficult kind of courage), when she sends Henry to war in spite of her fear, and places her faith in the will of "the Lord"."

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