In the book Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane. The main character, Henry, has recently enlisted in the Union Army and during his second engagement flees from the battle. The thought of desertion has been a recent dilemma in the mind of young Henry, and he wasn 't sure if that when the time of battle came if he would stay and fight, or desert the battle. When the time comes the regiment Henry is in is told to hold the enemy forces back, and Henry displays courage during the first battle. But as they celebrate, more confederate troops come and a second battle ensues, from which Henry flees from.
In the beginning, Henry wanted to be a hero but by noticing what war was about he wanted no part of it and ran from the battle until it was over. He was a coward because every time the regiment would go into battle he would leave them so he could be safe in the woods, he saw the death and wounded men and did not want to be like the others. In chapter five, Henry begins to show his courage. Henry fires at the rivals along with the regiment with rage until the enemy retreats. Even though, when the rivals regrouped and charged back the other men started to flee so he followed them into the woods.
With only one other soldier, he defeats the dragon at the cost of his own life. Truly he succumbed to morality for the first time in his life. Never showing compassion for anyone else, he realizes he has no heir to the throne. As a result, he names the one brave soldier who stood and
as he ran towards him. Dazed with fear, Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down. He was afraid of being thought weak.” After reading this I came to realize that Ikemefuna is not the only one who is afraid when the man cleared his throat, Okonkwo is in fear too. Taking control over a situation in which he didn't need to, he killed his adopted son out of fear as being seen as weak.
Hook: Would you ever convict an innocent boy who acted out of defense of himself and his friend of murdering person who constantly attacks him? The answer should be no. Background information: Known as his “greaser gang’s” pet, Johnny Cade grew up in a household with no role models. Not only was he constantly bullied at home, he was attacked outside as well. Johnny was continuously being assaulted by Socs looking for trouble and he would never fully recover from the trauma in which he has been through.
They were all the enemy, they were to be destroyed, sir.” (141) However, John never intended to kill the innocent. He saw the same soldiers that he fought with for the past few months brutally massacring the villagers that were trying to flee for their lives. This was the climax of the war for John, he would forever be changed by what he saw in My Lai and would take many months in order to get over what happened.
Normally, a hero is humble and refuses to admit how great and impactful he/she has been in his/her life, but not Beowulf. Beowulf has been striving since he was young to build his legacy and glory. Another way in which Beowulf stays constant in his quest to build his name is the fact that Beowulf fights Grendel without any weapons in order to show off to his companions and Hrothgar’s king. When it says, “fastened those claws/ In his fist till they cracked” shows, not only Beowulf’s incredible strength, but also his desire to flaunt to others and to Grendel (Lines 283-284).
They are no longer young new recruits who fantasize about the war. They have seen the truth before their eyes and it has started destroying them. During the bombardment in chapter 6, Paul’s eyes lock with an enemy soldiers, and “for one mad moment the whole slaughter whirls like a circus around [Paul].” In that split second, Paul realizes that although they are fighting against one another, they are not truly enemies. The battlefield has turned them into “wild beasts.”
Then came the second battle. This time Charley feels fear, but does not react to it. This is also where we see Charley’s first major change. Charley starts to charge blindly when his unit is ordered to, and he does not stop until a sergeant trips him to keep him from running to his death. “Kill them all.
1. “The Successes and Failures of Chancellorsville” is very detailed in its story about the war. The shooting starts and then some of the men start not listening to orders and begin doing their own thing. Then the shooting is over, and the soldiers finally reach their destinations. In “The Red Badge of Courage” speaks of a young soldier who gets ready for battle upon the command.