Komunyakaa Comparison Essay

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Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage and Komunyakaa’s “Camouflaging the Chimera” may seem quite similar, but they are in fact very different from each other. For instance, The Red Badge of Courage focuses on one main character while “Camouflaging the Chimera” focuses on a group of soldiers. So, despite how similar they may appear at a first, when you dig deeper and take a closer look, you’ll find that they are not as similar as you thought.
In Crane’s RBoC, the story focuses on one main character named Henry Fleming. Henry Fleming is a soldier who is in love with death. He loves the idea of going into battle and killing people, and even being killed, as it is stated on page 79 of the Performance Assessment book, “...getting calmly killed on a high hill before the eyes of all.” Most people wouldn’t want to be killed at all much less calmly, so this shows that Fleming is a bit more obsessed with
This is much different from Komunyakaa’s “CtC”. In Komunyakaa’s “CtC” the poem focuses on a group of soldiers who are
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RBoC shows a soldier going out to battle and killing people which is what a lot of soldiers do in battle since it’s either going to be him or the guy trying to kill him that makes it out alive. Then, in “CtC”, the soldiers were hiding from the enemy trying to escape which is what some soldiers are forced to do when they want to back down from a battle, but they don’t want to surrender, or if they have no other choice.
So, despite some of the similarities RBoC and “CtC” share, such as the fact that they’re both about war, they are in fact quite different. Most people would believe that since both stories are about war that they have to be similar, but these reasons show exactly how different they really are. RBoC and “CtC” do have similarities, but they’re not as great as the differences the two works share which you will only find if you dig
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