Red Bage OF Courage Essay

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Red Bage OF Courage




The important conflict in The Red Badge of Courage is Henry Flemings fear about how he
will perform in his first battle. There are three people who expressed their ideas abou
their fears before the first skirmish. They are Henry Fleming, Tom Wilson, and Jim
Conklin.

Henry is worried about how he will do in this first battle. He isn't sure if he will run
or not, and he is scared that he might. He doesn't want to look like a fool and run, but
he is also scared of getting killed. Even though Henry never expressed his fears to Tom
Wilson or Jim Conklin the audience could tell by the expressions on his face that he was
scared. While he was writing a letter to his parents he writes about how he is going to
fight for the first time and he wants to make the proud. After Henry runs away from the
first battle he feels embarrassed because he didn't have a wound. No one knew he ran so
he still had his pride and after that his attitude changed and he began fighting with no
fear.

Tom Wilson is another young sodier in the 304th regiment who is called the loud soldier.
When he is in the tent talking to Henry and conklin he talks about how he will not run and
take on the whole army on by himself. When he is in the first battle he tries to run but
is caught by an officer and made to go back and fight. His attitude changed from being
confident to being scard of fighting.

Jim conklin is also a soldier in the 304th regiment who talks with Henry and tom. When
Conklin was talking to Henry and Wilson about how they felt about fighting their first
battle, he says that he will run if he sees everyone else running. He is the only one to
admit to everyone that he is scared about fighting. He is also the only one not to run
away from the first battle even though other people were. When Henry sees him walking in
the road after the war he has been shot and is hurt bad. Jim is afraid of lying in the
road and being run ober by the artillery wagons. He decides to take off running across a
field and up a hill and he dies there.

The only person Hernry admitted to be scared and running away to was Tom Wilson. After he
ran the first time he felt embarressed and felt guilty. While fighting in a battle HErny
took over the flag and charged the enemy. After the battle a sodier came and told
everyone about the general talking about Henry and Tom being heroes. Henry walked away
and Tom followed him, and they start talking. Henry finally admits to tom that he ran
awsay, and tom tells him that he ran but he was caught by a sergeant and had to go back
and fight. Henry and Tom both felt better after this knowing thay they weren't the only
ones to run away.

The remains of Paul Baumer's company had moved behind the German front lines for a short
rest at the beginning of the novel. After Behm became Paul's first dead schoolmate, Paul
viewed the older generation bitterly, particularly Kantorek, the teacher who convinced
Paul and his classmates to join the military, feeling alone and betrayed in the world that
they had left for him. Paul's generation felt empty and isolated from the rest of the
world due to the fact that they had never truly established any part of themselves in
civilian life. At boot camp, Himmelstoss abused Paul and his friends, yet the harassment
only brought them closer together and developed a strong spirit amongst them. Katczinsky,
or Kat, was soon shown to be a master scavenger, being able to provide the group with food
or virtually anything else; on this basis Paul and him grew quite close. Paul's unit was
assigned to lay barbed wire on the front line, and a sudden shelling resulted in the
severe wounding of a recruit that Paul had comforted earlier. Paul and Kat again strongly
questioned the War. After Paul's company were returned to the huts behind the lines,
Himmelstoss appeared and was insulted by some of the members of Paul's unit, who were then
only mildly punished. During a bloody battle, 120 of the men in Paul's unit were killed.
Paul was given leave and returned home only to find himself very distant from his family
as a result of the war. He left in agony knowing that his youth was lost forever. Before
returning to his unit, Paul spent a little while at a military camp where he viewed a
Russian prisoner of war camp with severe starvation problems and again questioned the
values that he had grown up with contrasted to the values while fighting the war. After
Paul returned to his unit, they were sent to the front. During an attack, Paul killed a
French soldier. After discovering that this soldier had a family, Paul was deeply
shattered and vowed to prevent other such wars. Paul's unit was assigned to guard a supply
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