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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 thats 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 didnt get the moral support he needed from his mother When hes having a hard time during the battle hes looking for support but realizes that hed 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 his comrades Which makes him grow depressed First believing that war is all excitement he realized that it alters between boredom and excitement The real theme
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