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The Red Badge of Courage

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Transcript of The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane Character Change The main character in the Red Badge of Courage is Henry Fleming. Fleming
is a young boy who joins as a Union soldier from New York in the American Civil War. At first, he is an eager youth in the army and ready to fight; however, his enthusiasm changes while out on the battlefield and runs away from his regiment, 304. After lifechanging events, he returns to his regimate and participates on the battle front. The Red Badge of Courage is a historical fiction novel about a young boy named Henry Fleming and
his role in the American Civil War. This boy arrives at his regiment, 304, ready for battle, but
instead runs away out of fear. He later returns and continues in the battles of the war. In this
story, his mother is concerned about him but sends him off into war, he meets his fellow soldiers
and superiors (Jim Conklin and Wilson), and meets a tattered soldier that helps him realize his
abilities. He later captures the flag of the rebel army and waves the flag of his army in victory.
This novel was written by Stephen Crane and was originally published in 1895 by D. Appleton & Company in the United States. Conflict Resolution Man Vs. Self A conflict in the story is man versus self. Henry debates between himself whether or not he had enough courage
to be in the army and fight in the battles. He decides to run away and then return back to the regiment. He had to battle with himself about the situation and make a decision that determinded the type of soldier he was. In the end, he resolbes the conflict by returning to the regiment and fghting with his fellow soldiers. Man Vs. Man The conflict of man versus man can be found in this novel. The conflict of man versus man is the war in which Henry is fighting in. The battle is between the North and the South of the United States, and Henry's regiment, Regiment 304, fight against other groups in the opposing southern army. Literary Techniques There are many different literary techniques used in the Red Badge of Courage. Some of these techniques are foreshadowing, imagery, and personification.
Examples:
Foreshadowing: On page 28, Henry talks to Jim Conklin about if he would ever run away from the battle and when the best time to do it is.

Imagery: "A yellow fog lay wallowing on the treetops. From beneath it came the clattr of musketry." (page 69)

Personification: "A shell screamed like a storm banshee went over the huddled heads of the reserves." (page 45) Theme The main theme of this novel is courage. Courage is the item most needed for survival. In the beginning of the story, Henry talks to his mother about joining the war. Her response is telling her son about courage and what it means to be courageous. She tells him to be carefull when fighting and taking care of himself and not running away. He later believes that courage is not the bravery to leave and take care of oneself, but to return and help others. Motif The motif of this novel is growing up. In this story, Henry is a young boy heading out to fight in the army. Within a short time frame, he witnessed battles, fighting, dead and dying bodies, and overcame great fear and became courageous. For a young boy, he was forced the grow up very quickly. Symbolism The wounds of the soldiers, alive and fallen, were "red badge[s] of courage." These wounds symbolized courage.

The tattered man symbolized the destruction of war and the courage of the soldiers for fighting for their beliefs.

The first dead body Henry found symbolizes the vanishing of innocence and the introduction into mature living. Character List Henry Fleming- a youth who joins the army during the American Civil War and later proudly waves the Union flag in victory.
Jim Conklin- a superior soldier that is serving with Henry in the war. He is also known as the "tall soldier" in the book.
Mother- Henry's mother who is introduced in the beginning of the book only when saying good-bye as Henry leaves for the war. She cares deeply about her son.
Tattered Man- a soldier that was found and followed Henry while dying. He eventually died infront of Henry in a confused state. This picture depicts the scene of when the tattered man died by Henry. The connection between the tattered man and Bubba from the movie "Forrest Gump" is the tattered man in his final hours also relied on his new found friend for help in a time of confusion. However, in the novel, Henry leaves his friend to die alone, unlike Forrest Gump and Bubba. The mother in the movie "A Christmas Story" connects to Henry's mother because, especially in the scene of the movie where the mother is dressing the young boy, Randy, to go outside in the cold, she makes sure her child is taken care of, warm, safe, and protected. Henry's mother does the same thing when saying goodbye to Henry before he leave for battle. Jim Conklin connects to Li Shang, a captain of the Chinese army in the Disney movie "Mulan." They connect because both are very stern, harsh, and honorable, but eventually both become caring and friendly. Henry Fleming and Quasimodo from the book and Disney movie "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" are similar characters. Like Henry, Quasimodo is unsure of his true potential and courage. In the beginning of the story, Quasi is afraid to being courageous and defiant. Once he finds his courageousness, he later abandons it because of fear and "runs" from his problems. However, he later realizes that he must be courageous and brave after life altering events. He prevailed. This story is similar to Henry's because he also abandoned, ran, and regained his bravery. "Don't go a-thinkin' you can lick the hull rebel army at the start, because yeh can't." "Over the river a golden ray of sun came through the hosts of leaden rain clouds." Connections Connections
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