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Each person goes through his or her own personal battle to mature Some have this easy others strive very hard to reach this goal of development Although there may be constant struggles there usually is one major event that creates somewhat of a bridge between childhood and adulthood The Red Badge of Courage written by Stephen Crane traces the steps and major events in the life of Henry Fleming focusing mainly on his evolution into manhood Henry is a young man who joins the Union Army hoping he will perform outstanding and heroic actions that will stand out When he reaches his point he spends long boring months in training and inaction dying to get out and fight During the war he discovers that the warfare romantic in his mind exists only as what war truly is evil He tackles his weakness and gains a realistic sense of responsibility When Henry gets a taste of war the battle inside him begins to rise After feeling afraid that the regiment was going to leave him on the field alone he throws his rifle down and runs off Henry ran like a rabbit and afterward feels extremely ashamed about his actions He feels as though this act is not something to be proud of and therefore does not help him achieve the feeling of manhood although little does he know it is helping him become stronger and mature into a man and also a hero While wandering in the back of all the fighting Henry encounters a dead soldier and falls in with the ranks of the wounded men He struggles with coming to grips with the reality of war because his dreams were so far off He also witnesses the bizarre death of his close friend Jim Conklin and as a result deserts another man named Jimmie Rogers to keep himself from watching Jimmie die an agonizing death close to the one of
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