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In both The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane and in Keenans Charge by George Lathrup similar scenes of a civil war charge are described But these similar events are only alike on the surface as both authors convey different views on what a soldiers courage in battle consists of Lathrups poem portrays courage in the classic way as well-trained soldiers who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the good of their country Crane depicts courage more like a temporary loss of reason due to the stress a soldiers mind encounters when facing his own death instead of a conscious disregard for danger for a righteous cause The superficial similarities of the two situations can be seen through the time period and the circumstances that forced the charge In both chapter 23 of Cranes The Red Badge of Courage and Lathrups Keenans Charge the soldiers described are union soldiers from the civil war Lathrup mentions their coats of blue and yellow Lathrup II and Crane talks about the blue men Crane 175 Another similarity is that both charges were made as a last resort In both Cranes and Lathrups stories the union troops were in a position where their only choices were charge or die The differences between these two stories can be seen through each individual authors voice and his expected purpose for writing the story In Lathrups poem the soldiers are very well organized seem to be very disciplined and attack the enemy with a greater purpose on their mind When Keenans officer asks him to make the charge clear and cool and still then with a smile he said I will Lathrup II This shows Keenans awareness of the situation he know that they will ride to their deaths and he and his soldiers are willing to do it for their country Their charge is described as taking place With clank of scabbards and thunder of steeds and blades that
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