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Stephen Crains The Red Badge Of Courage shows clearly how the fear and courage soldier goes through in war The psychology in war changes the soldiers that are in it Psychology can also be displayed by the propaganda the government will put into the one-sided war effort Another point would be the pre-programming or instinctive learning people develop by adaptive behavior In the beginning of the story The Red Badge Of Courage Henry has an internal conflict about whether or not he should go to war He was influenced by his friends to make the decision on enlisting to a regiment that was forming outside of town Henrys friends were influenced by the governments heavy influence of propaganda When Henry tells his mother that he had enlisted she was very disturbed by it Although his mother disapproved she still supported him Henry met some people right before his first battleThe First battle was an extremely sensitive high point in the story for Henry All of the young men who had enlisted were in the same position at the same place on the same side This was the point where one persons actions could influence everyone on the same side There was one person threw there weapon down and ran from battle then some more people threw down there weapons and fled too Henry watched his comrades flee and this triggered an instinctive reaction embrace cowardice and to flee as well As Henry sprinted through the woods a fellow soldier had struck him with the butt of a rifle rendering Henry unconscious When Henry regained consciousness he confronted the soldier After a while the soldier explained that he got separated from his regiment The woods symbolized a turning point for Henry This place was the place where he became a man These woods are the place where Henry lost all of his previous fears and cowardice The soldier was the entity that changed Henry indefinitely from
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