The Red Badge Of Courage Henry Character Analysis

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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. If someone is entering their first brutal battle of course they are going to be scared and as they say “Henry quivered.” This shows that he was scared so he had to run away. No one can blame him for fleeing. The main reason why he ran away was because he thought that they had lost so the only thing that came to mind was him running. The book says “He too threw down his gun and fled. There was no shame in his face. He ran like a rabbit.” This shows that henry also fled because he was just following the others.…show more content…
When Henry fled the scene he based off of what he saw the other soldiers doing. Henry also realized that they have lost, so he was also following his own mind. Henry James once said “Do not mind anything that anyone is tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.” What he is trying to say is don’t listen to what others have to say, listen to yourself listen to what you have to say because you matter to yourself not someone else. This is what Henry needs to apply for he matters to himself so anything that he does must be from his own
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