Book Report on The Red Badge of Courage

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The novel, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane took place in the Civil War of the late 19th century. It is a story about a young man who named Henry Fleming and the story of his experiences in the Civil War. The story goes a few years in the war (the dates from the starting of the story to the end are not listed. The characters in the novel are portrayed as people who affect the main character Henry Fleming. Each character influences and changes the main character from a boy to a mature man.

The different characters that are included in the book include Henry Fleming; the main character is young soldier fighting for the Union army during the Civil War. Henry questions his own courage towards the beginning of the book but as the novel progresses he encounters hard truths about the experience of war then comes to thrive as a soldier in combat through the influences of other soldiers such as Jim Conklin. Jim Conklin is, also known as the tall soldier who proves to be Henry's friend until he dies. His death may have influenced Henry morally than any other part of Jim Conklin's life as the friend of Henry Fleming. Other characters include Wilson, another friend of Henry's as the two become the war's bravest and one of the war's best fighters. Henry Fleming's change throughout the story was also due to his mother, his lieutenant, and a soldier known as the tattered soldier who brings a lot of guilt to the young Henry Fleming which only makes Henry stronger and lets him become one of the most important individuals of the Civil War.

The Red Badge of Courage is a story about the...