At the beginning of the novel, Henry was afraid that he might run away from the battle if it was too intense for him. Henry thought, “It had suddenly appeared to him perhaps in a battle he might run” (10). He was very worried that he will not make it far into the war, but he did make it into several fights and survived. At times, he thought that wished he were dead because he was traumatized from the events. Henry pondered, “He now thought that he wished he was dead.
In the novel, Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane talks about Henry Fleming, a young man who enlists for the war and has very little experience. During the novel, Henry has witnessed war as a glorified period rather than the true reality of it. Crane suggests that war is harming Henry, since his perception is the true reason why Henry well end up getting killed on the battlefield. Also, Crane emphasizes that war should be seen as brutal and traumatizing as its actual reality rather than glorifying. This tells us Henry may have a disorder called PTSD, since during the war he encounters a potential hallucination that helped him on his survival.
As they tend to say “Curiosity kills the cat.” In this book “The Red Badge of Courage” the young boy Henry tends to flee from his second battle. That is quite strange because we would think someone would run from their first battle because they should be scared of what is going to happen. The reason why henry didn’t flee the first battle was because first off, henry probably thought that since he could conquer the first battle that the second got too intense for him. Secondly Henry was just following along to what the other soldiers did. Lastly, Henry was just plain old scared as they said “He ran like a coward.” The second war was like Henrys’ first brutal battle it was obviously too intense for him.
Because of all this, one might come to believe Henry is indeed a static character, but I feel that is not the truth. Henry learned many lessons about life throughout the timeline of the book and I feel these are the reasons he is a dynamic character. To begin, he first encountered the priest very early on in the story. The priest taught Henry about religion. The other men would always laugh and joke at the priest but Henry never did.
Giang 1 Student name: Giang Minh Huyen Class: English Class 2 [2015-2018] Hanoi – Amsterdam High School ANALYSIS ON THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane follows the transformation of a young soldier fighting for the Union in the Civil War, Henry Fleming. He has to fight against his battles in the mind before he can display the fruits of his transformation on the battlefield. The transformation here is a psychological one, in which a scared, selfish, uncertain, and naïve adolescent turns into a confident and strong young man in the course of a mere three days. At the beginning of the story, Henry appears as a young, fearful and daydreaming adolescent whose intention of going to the war is mostly caused by his desire for glory and becoming a man. As he waits for the war to happen, he immerses in his own thoughts: ‘He had, of course, dreamed of battles all his life – of vague and
First person. For centuries the notion of war as an exciting and romantic endeavor has existed until Stephen Crane DE glorified war in his novel The Red Badge of Courage. He tells about the true nature and experience of war through a young soldier Henry Fleming and contrasts it with his romantic imagination. Crane introduces a more realistic approach to war which is in contrast to Henry’s expectations. Along the journey from home as they go to Washington, Henry and his regiments are treated so well that he now believes “he must be a hero” with “the strength to do mighty deeds of arms.” Contrary to his expectation he does not become a hero immediately he is confronted with self-doubt.
He enlists into the regiment with immense dream, becoming a hero in the battle as the ancient Greek soldier did. He desires far from noble; Henry hopes that an impressive performance on the battlefield will immortalize him as a hero among men based on his dramatically belief. Ironically, Henry runs from his own intelligence in order to justify his cowardice by condemning the soldiers who escape from the battle are “wise enough to save themselves from the flurry of death." Henry's lack of a true moral sense aids Henry to restore his fragile self-pride If others call him a hero, he believes he is the one. His first focused desire to get good reputation makes him to distort the reality and his moral acknowledgement.
Henry's way of using pathos convinced all the people listening to him, that they felt the same way he did about the arising situation. When Henry used ethos, he continued to show the urgent actions that needed to be done. As Henry's last sentence to the Virginia Convention,“Give me liberty or give me death!” showed that he was willing to die if that was what needed to be done, for the colonists to be free. Patrick Henry was a wonderful speaker and really knew how to capture his
The theme in these two short stories is heroism. “Speaking of Courage” encourages heroism, and valiant acts, because it leads to the aggressive fighting the U.S. soldiers display in the war; “Notes” on the other hand, also encourages heroism, but it does so through a sick and twisted manner, because if you do not act accordingly to heroism, there is no real reason to live, which in turn encourages suicide. In the chapter “Speaking of Courage” heroism is described as a necessity and even maybe as a way of life. Throughout the chapter the character Norman Bowker talks about how he had almost won the silver star of valor. He tells the reader how he had failed himself because he had not endured enough, and he had not been brave enough to continue to give an extra effort to earn that star.