Red Badge of Courage
I read the book, "Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane This is a story set
during the United States Civil War It takes us into the life of a young man named Henry
Fleming, who is usually referred to as the Youth in the story The basic idea of the book
is, the Youth joins the US. Army that's fighting war against the South. The author,
Crane gives us a very good picture of what life was like for the Youth and why he lived
his life so independently The Youth, who feared the battle, ends up having war be his
teacher While every time he went out to fight he finds some more information about himself.
In the beginning of the story, the Youth signs up for the Army which is going
against his mothers wishes By disobeying her. his is basically isolating himself from his
family and becomes very independent.
The Youth didn't get the moral support he
needed from his mother. When he's having a hard time during the battle, he's looking
for support but realizes that he'd pushed it away and out of his life This effects him on
how well he does during battle.
In the story there is the difference between how the Youth pictures battling to be
and the reality of war The Youth at first enjoys military life as he and his regiment
marches in parades while the crowds cheer them on He becomes disappointed and
thinks army life becomes boring dull work. His regiment is marched and drilled
repeatedly He starts out feeling that he will never see action And builds up a fear of
not being about to be courageous enough in battle He becomes the loner who is
unable to talk with...