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The Red Badge of Courage

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Adam Waziry

on 13 February 2014

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Transcript of The Red Badge of Courage

Plot line
definition: In fiction, the structure of the plot line normally begins with exposition. In the early part of the story, the exposition sets the tone, establishes the setting, introduces the characters, and gives the reader important background information
The exposition of The Red Badge of Courage is when Henry Fleming enlists in the war and tells his mother that he has. His mother acts to take the news as if it was not that important to her when she really wanted to cry and did start to when Henry started to walk away which made himself wonder if it was a good choice to enlist.
Rising Action
Definition: The event in a story that move the plot line forward. Rising action involves conflicts and complications and builds toward the climax of the story.
The rising action of The Red Badge of Courage is when after part of the first battle is over and more members of the opposing army ran towards the fight, Henry and other men decided to run. Once Henry hears word that the part of the regiment that stayed and fought won the battle he feels conflicted of whether or not it was a good choice to run.
Definition: The turning point in a plot or dramatic action, which transitions the narrative.
The climax of The Red Badge of Courage is when in the middle of the "suicide" battle Henry takes the American flag from the color bearer and carries it for the rest of the battle.
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Falling Action

Definition: In the plot of a story, falling action is the action that occurs after the climax. During falling action, conflicts are resolved and mysteries are solved
The falling action of The Red Badge of Courage is when Henry stays and fights in the battle instead of running.
Resolution/ Denouement
The resolution (or denouement) of The Red Badge of Courage is when Henry finally sees himself as a man and returns to his home.
Definition: The portion of a play or story where the central problem is solved. The resolution comes after the climax and falling action and is intended to bring the story to a satisfactory end. An insight or a change as a result of the conflict is shown in the resolution.
Henry Fleming is the protagonist of The Red Badge of Courage.
War and Henry Fleming are the antagonists of the story. War because it not only gives Henry fighting to deal with, but also mental problems; and Henry himself because of mainly the biggest mental problem war gave him: will he fight like a man or run like a coward.
Protagonist: The main character in fiction or drama. The protagonist is the character upon whom the reader focuses attention, the person who sets the plot in motion. Most protagonists are rounded, dynamic characters who change in some important way by the end of the story, novel, or play. The protagonist is often, but not always the hero in a literary work.
Antagonist: A principal character or force in opposition to a protagonist, or main character. The antagonist is usually another character but sometimes can be a force of nature, a set of circumstances, some aspect of society, or a force within the protagonist. The antagonist is often, but not always the villain in a literary work.
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Author's Purpose
Definition: An author's purpose is his or her reason for creating a particular work. The purpose may be to entertain, to explain or to inform, to express an opinion, or to persuade readers to do or believe something. An author may have more than one purpose for writing, but usually one is the most important.
The author's purpose for writing The Red Badge of Courage is to explain that wars are not the way that most movies or books say it is, and to show what goes on in the mind and in battle of one of the soldiers.

Point of View
The Red Badge of Courage's point of view form is third-person limited
Definition: The vantage point from which a writer tells a story. The three main points of view in literary texts are omniscient, third-person limited, and first person.
Main Idea
The main idea of The Red Badge of Courage is that in war the decision of whether you run from battle or fight in battle could change the way you think and act.
The theme of The Red Badge of Courage is that war makes men strong, scared, mentally conflicted, and/or an entirely different person.
Definition(theme): An underlying message about life of human nature that the author wants the reader to understand and that may give readers insight into the author's view of the world. A theme is a complex and original revelation about life that is usually unstated, yet it is vital. A theme is not the same as a moral, which is a rule of conduct, nor shall it be reduced to a familiar saying of cliché, such as crime doesn't pay, for example, the theme of The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst might be expressed as pride, love, and cruelty are often intermingled in human relationships.
The tone of The Red Badge of Courage differed between serious and ironic at times. An example of the irony in the book is that Henry ran from battle and acted as if he was a hero of war while Wilson, another soldier in his regiment, actually fought in the battle and acted a lot more quiet and humble.
Definition(tone): An expression of a writer's attitude toward a subject. Unlike mood, which is intended to shape the readers' emotional response, tone reflects the feelings of the writer. Tone can be serious, humorous, sarcastic, playful, ironic, bitter, or objective.
The mood of The Red Badge of Courage is dangerous, violent, and tedious and is shaped by the figurative language and details provided in the book.
definition(mood): The feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader. The use of connotation, details, imagery, figurative language, foreshadowing, setting, and rhythm can help establish mood.
The setting of The Red Badge of Courage is during the Civil War, one of the known battles of the setting is the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863. The entire book took two days of the Civil War.
Definition: The time and place of the action in a story, play, or poem. Elements of settings may include geographic location, historical period(past, present, or future), season of the year, time of day, and the beliefs, customs, and standards of a society. Setting can function in several ways in a text: it can provide atmosphere, create conflict, or reveal character.
Compare and Contrast
Henry Fleming
beginning of book
beginning of book
after first battle
after first battle
scared of battle

does not think so
strongly about himself
thinks he is man enough to win the entire battle alone
runs from battle and
thinks more highly of
himself for being so "smart"


cannot face the truth
that he was a
stayed and fought in battle

became more humble

a lot more concerned
about dieing
both end up fighting
in the "suicide" battle

both try to take the flag
from the dead color

both part of the same
definition: Writing that examines the similarities and differences between two or more subjects. The writer uses transitions to signal similarities and differences, such as like, likewise, in contrast, similarly, and in the same way. As a text structure/organizational pattern, compare/contrast writing may end with a conclusion that explains a decision or provides new understanding of the subjects.
both return home
as men
Henry grabs man running from a battle to ask what was going on
the man hits Henry on the head with his gun
Henry runs from battle
Henry tries to make himself think he was smarter than the ones who stayed and fought and eventually makes himself think he was a hero of war
Henry and other men ran from the battle
Cause and effect
the opposing army rushes to battlefield after first part of them loses in first battle.
Figurative Language
metaphor: "The Red Badge of Courage" title

personification: "The cold passes reluctantly from the Earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting." page 1

onomatopoeia: "Suddenly there was a hollow rumble of drums." page 61

simile: "But awake he had regarded battles as crimson blotches on the pages of the past." page 3

idiom: "Food for thought."

hyperbole: "It's a lie! That's all it is- a thunderin' lie!" page 1

alliteration: "Glancing narrowly into the more distant darkness, he caught occasional glimpses of visages that loomed pallid and ghostly, lit with a phosphorescent glow." page 58

assonance: "The crackling whips bit and the horses plunged and tugged." page 17

alliteration: A type of figurative language, it means the repetition of the same sound, usually of a consonant, at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other or a short interval

assonance: A type of figurative language, it means the repetition of vowel sounds to create internal rhyming within phrases or sentences.

personification: A type of figurative language in which a non-human thing or quality is written as if it were human. In the phrase the blue stars shiver, human attributes are given to stars.

simile: A form of figurative language, it is a comparison of two things that have some quality in common. In a simile, the comparison is conveyed by means of the word like or as.

metaphor: A form of figurative language, it is a comparison of two things that have some quality in common. Unlike a simile, a metaphor does not contain a word such as like, as, than, or resembles. Instead it states that one thing is actually something else.

onomatopoeia: A form of figurative language, it is the use of words whose sounds suggest their meanings.

hyperbole: A form of figurative language in which a statement is exaggerated for emphasis or for humorous effect. Writers often use hyperbole to intensify s description or to emphasize the essential nature of something.

idiom: A form of figurative language, which means something different from what it says. Idioms are common phrases or terms whose meaning is not real, but can be understood by their popular use.
Critic time
What I liked about The Red Badge of Courage:
It showed war as the way it normally is, not like most movies and books where there is one guy that
saves everyone and they are all happy. I also liked that it showed what a normal man is going through that is in the war.

What I disliked about The Red Badge of Courage: Not enough blood.

Rating I give it: 9 out of 10
The End
and remember...
"A dog, a woman, and a walnut tree. The more you beat 'em the better they be."
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