Essay on The Red Badge Of Courage

797 Words Feb 5th, 2016 4 Pages
In The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War (1985) by Stephen Crane, Henry Fleming, the main character of the novella, is first introduced as a youth, a young man, in the civil war. Henry is a white young boy enlisted into the army, like many of his peers, to fight for the Union. The reader reads through Henry in a third person limited point of view. Henry does not say why the war is happening or why he fights for the side he is on, instead he focuses on the battles of war. He goes into the war with a naive mindset because he has yet to see the horrors of war. The narrator says, “He had, of course, dreamed of battles all his life” (2). Henry sees the glory of war from the tales he had heard, which causes him to a having a burning to enlist. Henry Fleming is a young, naive soldier who worries about the reputation war will give him. When Henry first enlists, he is hopeful and wants glory. He wants to be a hero; more importantly he wants others to see him as a hero. The narrator says, “His busy mind had drawn for him large pictures extravagant in color, lurid with breathless deeds” (2). Henry has a very romantic view of war in the beginning when he wants to enlist, but soon wants to take that notion down. She knows he has a romantic view of war and a want to be a hero. His mom is his only family on the rural farm they have in New York. He does not seem to understand fully her need for him to stay with her. All his friends from town are enlisting, so he…

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