Essay on Analysis Of Stephen Crane 's ' The Red Badge Of Courage '

1699 Words Dec 7th, 2015 7 Pages
The Internal Battle for Victory The Red Badge of Courage, a civil war narrative which portrays the struggle of a young soldier in battle, was written by Stephen Crane, an author who had no real-life war experience. But through the accounts of real soldiers, Crane was able to create a novel respected for its realism about the civil war. He is commended for his deft use of figurative language and symbolism to depict the morbid reality of war. In The Red Badge of Courage, Crane not only analyzes the struggle of a union soldier fighting to reunite the states, he also studies the internal back-and-forth battle occurring in protagonist Henry Fleming’s mind. Henry’s unstable resolve, regarding his decision to run from battle or heroically risk his life, reveals that soldiers, although brave enough to risk their lives, are still humans. War strips humans of their humanity and goodness. Stephen Crane illustrates these internal and external conflicts with diction, symbolism, and irony. In the novel, Crane calls readers to change their perspective towards faraway wars and soldiers. Similar to a regular citizen, Henry Fleming felt that “all of the untried men possessed great and correct confidence,” but from an older soldier, Henry discovers that “if a whole lot of boys started and run, why, I s’pose I’d start and run” (10). Henry is comforted to find he isn’t the only one without the unwavering “Spartan” courage seen in movies. Crane reveals that although a soldier is willing to…

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