On the Shared Themes of John Huston’s Red Badge of Courage and Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass The screenplay The Red Badge of Courage by John Huston, inspired by the novel of the same name by Stephen Crane, and the novel Incidents in the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass focus on content related to the theme of overcoming an inclination to fear and cowardice. Both authors aim to portray the aspect of the human condition that relates to people's ability to overcome significant internal conflicts in pursuit of an external goal. They have identified that is it possible for people to start in a state of fear or unreadiness, succumb to the overwhelming circumstances around them, and, through time …show more content…
While his fellow soldiers are celebrating the news of marching to war, he is overcome with worry and doubt over his ability to remain steadfast in the face of the Confederate army. He ends up falling victim to his fear and retreating from the battle against orders. After a time, he finds out that his regiment won the battle that he ran from. He decides to return, but remains guilty and fears the mockery and disrespect that he will receive from his comrades. During his journey back to the camp, he encounters a line of soldiers returning home. He sees these wounds, their “red badges of courage,” and wishes he had one so that he would be allowed to return safely home. Alas, he does not have one and is forced to go on. Upon his return, he claims he was fighting on another side of the battlefield, and that goes over well. Something has changed in him. Through that journey, he developed an acceptance of his fear and newfound anger for the battle he finds himself in. In the following battle, when faced with fear, he decides not to run, but to push back against his internal resistance. This results in a tremendous performance in battle, a promotion to general, and a new sense of validation and confidence in …show more content…
He is being loaned by his owner out to a particularly violent master. After several whippings, threats, beatings, and months of work, Frederick recognizes a lack of joy in himself and feels his broken spirit. One day, he works himself far too hard and collapses. His master’s response is to kick and beat him on the ground until he stands up. Finally, after some time, he manages to stand up and start the long walk to his owner. His owner expresses no sympathy and instead sends him back once he is nursed to passable health. After returning, he has a violent encounter with his master. This time, however, he doesn’t back down and accepts mistreatment. He decides to fight back, and through the hard work of the fields can easily defeat all of his master’s attempts to dominate him. Reflecting on this, Douglass explains that he possessed a newfound peace. He had overcome the depression that was a result of his slavery and beatings, and with that internal victory, he found success in his external conflicts as
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He recognizes that he cannot abandon his comrades and fights on until the bitter end. His experiences on the front lines of the war leave him scarred and traumatized, but he remains committed to the ideals of duty and
The text “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” by Frederick Douglass and the film The Red Badge of Courage by John Huston focus on content related to being brave and having courage. Both authors aim to show the importance of having the courage to help others through the main characters. The characters in both stories try to run from what they fear, but along the way, they find their own symbols of courage that help them overcome the fears that once held them back. Douglass and Henry run from their own difficult situations, but this act of fear and cowardice makes them realize that nothing good will come from running away.
Frederick Douglass's “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” and John Huston's movie The Red Badge of Courage originally written by Stephen Crane are two prominent works of literature that deal with different aspects of the human experience. Both works have important themes and ideals between them they have become known as American literary classics. They have become very important works over time. Despite the differences in their subject matter, these works share many similarities in terms of their themes, style, and representation of the human spirit. “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” is a firsthand account of the author's experiences as a slave in the 19th century.
The realities of war and violence throughout history were expressed through writers such as Stephen Crane in his film, The Red Badge of Courage, and Federick Douglass in his writing of the “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass”. Both authors describe the brutality of these historic hardships and the way people can change with the affects of their hardships. Crane and Douglass expresses both the concept and theme of courage through their writing. Stephen Crane’s film, The Red Badge of Courage, follows a young soldier by the name of Henry Fleming fighting in the American Civil War. To Henry, courage is the willingness to stand and fight in a battle without fear.
Next both “Life of Frederick Douglass” and The Red badge of Courage show a common theme of mental courage. Finally both of the stories have the same recurring theme of courage and how Henery or Frederick had to overcome the fears they had. In the slave narrative “Life of Frederick Douglass”
Courage comes in many different forms. Everyone has many things in their life they must use their courage for. The “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas” by Frederick Douglas, and the movie The Red Badge of Courage by John Huston focus on the content of finding the courage inside of one’s self, and the acts of bravery or leadership that come from this newfound courage. Both men aim to show how harsh situations can change people, and what a little courage and bravery can do for a person.
Frederick Douglass’s determination freed him from slavery while Henry Fleming’s determination led him to finally earn the courageous gratification he strived for. Douglass is aware of the physical destruction slavery has on a person and is determined to escape and abolish that. Douglass understands the withhold in capability being illiterate has on a person, and he was determined to teach himself how to read and write. Fleming’s determination allowed him to achieve his goal of becoming a courageous hero, although it was not an easy task. Fleming entered the War as a youthful, innocent, soldier and transformed into a tried and trustworthy man.
Despite his fear and anxiety, he finds strength within himself to carry on despite the constant threats posed by enemies. Similarly, Frederick Douglass shows
While working on Covey’s farm, Douglass (1845/1995) famous orator and author of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (p.34) was put to hard work in the field for the first time in his life. After Douglass had had enough of being over-worked by Covey, Douglass wrestled with Covey after he had ran away and was told to return by Master Thomas, Frederick Douglass (1845/1995) famous abolitionist and writer of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (p.42). After beating up Coveym, Douglass (1845/1995) Proffesional orator and author of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass writes clearly: This fight with Covey was the turning-point in my career as a slave. It rekindled the few expiring embers of freedom, and revived within me a sense of manhood (p.43). Getting moved to Edward Covey’s farm gave Frederick Douglass the confidence and detirmination to be
A Soldier’s Dilemma Like many others in his regiment, Henry Fleming, protagonist in The Red Badge of Courage, expects the Battle of Chancellorsville to be filled with heroism and legendary acts of dauntless heroism. Heroism, however, seems nowhere to be found, and Henry is left questioning his own valor. In The Red Badge of Courage, Crane writes Henry Fleming as a flawed yet good-hearted character by revealing his inner thoughts as he runs from the battle, his actions directed toward comrades, and by displaying Henry’s differences at the end of the story to emphasize the inner struggle between courage and cowardice.
The books he reads and knowledge he’s gotten has made him angry at other slaves with a lack of knowing what is going on. The life of slavery really just ruins your mind and thoughts, and makes you feel discouraged, but Frederick had the education piece in his life. In the text Frederick says, “I often found myself regretting my own existence, and wishing myself dead; and but for the hope of being free, I have no doubt but that I should have killed myself, or done something for which I should have been killed” (Douglass 54). With his newfound knowledge he starts to contemplate his existence. The hope of being free still pushes him, even if it may lead to death.
However, when he is sent to work for a temporary master, not only is his physical body shattered, but as his determination and his spirit. Nevertheless, one day. when Douglass finds the will to fight back, he finds a new, stronger sense of strength that continues to thrive within him from that moment forward. The altercation between Douglass and the temporary slave master marks a new beginning for Frederick Douglass as a slave and also as a
This shows that the way a Master behaves around a slave can be very influential, and Douglass explains that he was compelled to give all his hard-earned money to Master Hugh because the influence the Master had on him was to give him everything he worked hard for. Next, on page 10 of his Narrative, Douglass proclaims, “They never knew when they were safe from punishment. They were frequently whipped when least deserving, and escaped whipping when most deserving it. Every thing depended upon the looks of the horses,
One night, he got into a fight with his owner, the fight became physical and another slave had come into the barn looking for them. The master demanded help because he became scared of losing. The other slave refused to help. He knew that the punishment he would go through after not helping would be better than the mental punishment he would put on himself for going against one of his own kind. At the end of the fight, Frederick ends up winning and he is not beaten as regularly.