Red Badge Of Courage Book Repo Essay

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Red Badge Of Courage Book Repo


Red Badge of Courage

When I first started reading this book I thought why does every one rave about how well it
is written so I totally dove into reading it and found many forms of symbolism. The
Symbolism in a Soldier The story The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane, was written
to reflect the harsh Civil War realities. Cranes style of writing to portray these
realities included the technique of symbolism. In this technique, symbols are hidden
within certain objects throughout the story to help express the theme. There were many
symbols in the story, but the soldiers symbolized a few of the important ones. Henry, Jim
Conklin, and Wilson all symbolized a specific aspect of mankind. In the beginning of the
story, Henry is characterized as a shy and timid boy who has been nurtured his whole life
by his mother. When Henry develops the motivation to free himself from his nurturing
mother and finally become a man, he decides to fight in battle. As soon as Henry enters
battle, this motivation to become a man softens to a mere whisper -- Henry is afraid. He,
too, threw down his gun and fled. There was no shame in his face. He ran like a rabbit.
Crane uses Henry's fear to symbolize how a true-life person would feel. Not many people
can relate to a super hero who can face all fears, but they can relate to a person who
shows fear, without shame, in a frightening situation. Inspiringly, Henry finally does
face his fear of the harsh realties of battle. In the end, Henry has overcome his fear and
shows pride towards his becoming of a man. Another soldier who had a great impact of
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