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The Red Badge of Courage begins with the Youth Henry preparing to leave to war He has fabulous ideas concocted in his mind about victory and heroism The Youth soon finds that victory and heroism are a small part in the splendor of war The Youths mind soon becomes burdened with thoughts of death and running away from battle Sure enough in the midst of battle the Youth flees the battlefield The Youth must learn to deal with the shame he feels on deserting his comrades When he returns to his camp he lies and says that he was separated during combat and was shot The Youth is given another chance to fight and prove he is not a coward As the book progresses the Youth learns to deal with his shame by feeling honored for being a hero In the end the Youth becomes a man He learns that the most important lessons in life can be seen by opening his eyes I personally was attracted to the Youth All his thoughts and wild imagination impressed me He would describe death as a being that could swallow him whole and ramble on about wonderful sunsets The Youth was also a very troubled soul He worried a lot over things he might do and not the things he would do For instance on page 34 he questions others in hope that their answers would comfort him He feels disassociated from others The Youth considering himself separated from the others p29 Page 35 quotes He was a mental outcast He lacked self confidence and continually tried to measure himself by his comrades p22 Despite his sorrow the Youth was creative and compared ideas and objects to other ideas and objects The battle was like the grinding of an immense and terrible machine I believe that the Youth brought the book to life through his life At times I would find myself thinking Ive thought
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