The Red Badge of Courage | Study Guide

Stephen Crane

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the-red-badge-of-courage-stephen-craneNatureThe endurance of nature surprises Henry as the violence and death that go with war do not affect it.CourageHenrys understanding anddefinition of bravery change ashe experiences the war.MaturityHenry is referred to as the youth,but battle changes him, as well as his ideas of what being a man means.Red Badge of CourageRepresents the realities and horrors of war CorpsesEmbody Henrys growth from believing that death in war brings glory to understanding the true nature of warFlagsSymbolize Henry overcoming cowardice and gaining a sense of controlSymbolsThe LieutenantYoung, brave leader; tries to inspire troops Jim ConklinDutiful, practical soldier; Henrys friend who accepts his fateThe Tattered SoldierWounded soldier; seeks to learn about the battleHenry FlemingYoung private; volunteers for the Union and seeks gloryWilsonLoud, young soldier; Henrys friend who matures through his war experiencesMain CharactersThe Red Badgeof Courageby the NumbersShipwreck Crane survived as a war correspondent in 18971Cranes age when he wrote his first book, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets16Year citizens brought a class-action lawsuit to allow the book—among othersto be used in a Florida school 1987Year the film version of the novel, directed by John Huston, was released1951o it came to pass that as he trudged from the place of blood and wrath his soul changed.Narrator, Chapter 24STEPHEN CRANE1871–1900AuthorKnown as a realist writer, Crane meticulously researched his two best-known novels, The Red Badge of Courage and Maggie: A Girl of the Streets. Although Crane did not serve in combat, war veterans commended the authenticity of his writing, and Crane served as a war correspondent.During the American Civil War, teenager Henry Fleming enlists in the Union Army in hopes of gaining glory on the battlefield, but fear creeps in, forcing him to flee during his first battle. Henry returns to his unit and fights valiantly, an experience that matures him as he comes to recognize the horrors of war.In Search of GloryTHEMESSources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, IMDb, New York Times, Symbolism and Psychological Realism in The Red Badge of Courageby John J. McDermottCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Stephen Crane1895EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageWar LiteratureThe Red Badgeof Courage

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