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The Red Badge of Courage

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Henry Fleming dreams of the thrill of battle and performing heroic deeds in the American Civil War. But his illusions are shattered when he comes face to face with the bloodshed and horrors of war. Now he's a raw recruit, Henry experiences both fear and self-doubt. Will war make Henry a coward or a hero? A vivid fictionalised account of the experiences of an ordinary innocent young soldier on the battlefields of the American Civil War, introduced...

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Summer Reading

This book was on my sister's 10th grade summer reading list. It arrived on time and she read it within a couple of days. We also ordered the movie so she could watch it.

Often assigned to the young, but perhaps better appreciated by the mature

I remember this book being recommended reading when I was around junior high school age, and I also remember trying it and putting it down more than once. Now, at a considerably more mature stage in life, and having opted for an audio reading, I have finally gotten to this classic, and I now appreciate why it is a classic. The heartless and utter pointless gore of battle, and the profligate waste of human potential, are the kinds of things you'll probably encounter in any war novel, and they can be pretty hard to stomach. But Crane's real object in this work is the human mind and spirit, especially human capriciousness, vanity, and the powerful instinct to constantly justify and elevate oneself and one's actions in one's mind. This work is a blow-by-blow study in the human ego, its folly, and its ultimate vacuity. What is probably even harder to take than watching one's comrades drop in agony like flies to no good purpose is recognizing, though a fickle fighter's internal monologue, one's own deeply entrenched patterns of defensiveness, rationalization and self-justification, along with our constant scramble to seize the credit for anything at all, things we constantly indulge in whether objective circumstances warrant them or not. Herein lies for me the great value of this exposé of what we futilely try so hard to do in all we do, down to the most mundane of everyday transactions. For this reason, I recommend this book highly, whatever your age, and regardless of your preconceptions about war novels.

The Red Badge of Courage

"The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane is a good read. One thing that I thought that made the book a little hard to read was that Stephen Crane wrote his book using "the youth", "loud soldier", "tall soldier", and others, instead of the actual character's names. I read this book because it is a classic novel, and I had to do a ninth grade English book project. I had to read this book with a dictionary by my side, because of all the words that Stephen Crane uses that were unfamiliar to me. From this book I have learned that a "red badge of courage" is a wound from battle. I'm glad that there are some people willing to fight, and gain that red badge of courage. I wasn't so sure if the youth had that courage when he fled from battle. Most of this book is the youth pondering whether or not he has the courage to face battle without fleeing. After the youth had been smacked in the head by the soldier's gun, he then got his own "red badge of courage". After reading this book I now have more respect for the soldiers that fight for our country and that they fight with courage to risk death.

All Quiet on the Rappahannock

Henry Fleming, a young soldier, had enlisted. Camp life proved monotonous. He was drilled. He had a serious problem. He was afraid he would run from battle. The amusement of an attempted horse theft caused the entire regiment to forget its own large war. A loud soldier told Henry he wouldn't run, he would do his share of fighting. The men marched and the regiment lost its newness. Still the group was too large, too uniform, roo bright and colorful to be a group of veterans. Then, one morning, the time for war had come. Henry was in a moving box. It would be impossible to escape from the regiment. Stopping, the men dug in the ground like terriers. Henry had been taught a man became another thing in battle. This was to be his salvation. There was an imprint on the faces of the men who had been in battle. The youth shot with his rifle. He lost concern for himself and became a member of his unit. He felt anger against swirling battle phantoms. A lieutenant helped him reload his gun. The atmosphere was foul. The captain had been killed. Surviving the first exchange of fire, the youth felt exultant. Then they came again. He was surprised to hear his side had won after all. The line had held. He did not realize he had been hit until a tattered man told him so. Henry, the youth, had run off at a point, and needed to find his way back to his battle group. He recognized Jim Conklin, in his mind the tall soldier. Jim feared being run over by the wagons. Jim Conklin died. Henry had a scorching thirst. His feet were like two sores. His head wound pained him little, but he did not want to move too quickly because he he did not want to disturb it. Someone, a cheery voice, overtook him and guided him back to his unit. His corporal took care of him, using the fire to see. The loud young soldier wrapped his head in a handkerchief. His friend was no longer a loud young soldier, he had acquired purpose and reserve. Confidence in himself bloomed in Henry Fleming's mind. The regiment was marched out to replace another. Noise of skirmishes came from the woods. As a joke Henry wanted to give a report to the newspapers that all was quiet on the Rappahannock. He was tormented by flies. He shot until there wasn't anything left at which to shoot. The men were ordered to charge. Unconscious of the fact, Henry was in advance of his line. There was delirium encountering despair and death, a sublime absence of selfishness. He had a vague belief that he had run miles. He ran like a madman to reach the woods and safety. Much of the regiment had crumpled away. The men were worn by the turmoil. In the next encounter with the other side, Henry sensed the wolf-like temper of his comrades. The bruised and battered regiment was free. The men felt there was a mistake when a superior was reproached that the regiment had performed less than admirably. The youth became the bearer of the colors. The enemy came within range, and as

Stephen Crane's Civil War masterpiece!

"The Red Badge of Courage," written in 1895 by Stephen Crane (1871-1900), is considered by many literary critics to be one of the greatest of all American novels. This is a book about the Civil War, and one Union soldier's struggle with his inner demons as he prepares for, and fights his first battle. Although the story Crane tells is deceptively simple, it reveals, better than any other novel I've read, the full horror of war, and the complexity and unpredictability of human behavior in the crucible of battle. Henry Fleming (always referred to by Crane as "the youth") is a young northerner who, despite his mother's objections, enlists in the Union army with great patriotic fervor. As he awaits his first battle, the youth ponders how he will react: will he stand and fight, or will he flee? The answer comes soon enough. His regiment is attacked by the Confederates; at first the youth stays to fight, but, during a second attack, he watches other soldiers run away from battle in a state of panic. He himself is overcome by fear, and he too flees. The youth finally reaches a state of exhaustion and stops running. Immediately, his conscience begins to gnaw at him. He hears rumors that his regiment has actually stood and won the day against its foe. His thoughts and emotions begin to run the gamut from rationalization, to self-loathing, to fear of being discovered a coward. He continually looks for ways to justify his flight. The youth hears the continuing sound of battle in the distance, and is drawn to it, almost as a moth to a flame; he decides to return to his regiment, but loses his way. As he tries to find his way back to his regiment, he is confronted by people who serve to prick his conscience even further. He witnesses the horrible death of Jim Conklin, one of his friends from his regiment. While walking with a group of wounded soldiers, he is asked by one tattered and probably insane soldier what the nature of his wounds are. Shamed by this inquisition, he runs away, afraid he'll be uncovered as the poltroon he is beginning to believe himself to be. He begins to wish for a "red badge of courage" - a wound - which would signify his bravery in battle. He gets his wish in a roundabout way when he attempts to ask another soldier for directions. He gets into a scuffle and is cut on the head with the soldier's rifle. This becomes his "red badge" when he finally makes it back to his unit; he lies to his comrades-in-arms, saying he received the wound as a result of being shot in the heat of battle.Ultimately, the youth is afforded another opportunity to prove his courage in battle. How he reacts under fire during this new test of his character and courage is the great climactic event of "The Red Badge of Courage." Henry's behavior reveals the lessons he has learned about himself , and shows how he is able to come to terms with his inner demons and the world around him as a result of those lessons. Crane's writin
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