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Throughout history war has been considered a time where a man shows what he is made of or show off his manhood In The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane represents Henry Fleming who searches for himself while fighting in the Civil War Crane lived in a time where war was not seen for many generations He lived during the Gilded Age which was between the Civil War and World War I Although Crane had never served in the armed forces but he had a vivid imagination of how the experience would be like Crane entered the novel as Henry Fleming Fleming was the character which Crane envisioned whom would portray him if he had lived during that time period Fleming entered the war where he would prove his manhood and prove that he had courage within him Flemings ideas about war were almost exactly like every other man who entered the war They all had the ideas about honor and glory This was the typical ideology about war during the Gilded Age too Fleming thought by enlisting in the Union forces he would prove his manhood and would achieve valor In the beginning of Flemings journey he seemed to have lost hope that he would engage in combat because his regiment had been encamped for a long time without getting any orders to march Fleming wasted no time in getting acquainted with his comrades when he first came to the regiment He made friends quickly with Wilson and Jim Conklin They all become close friends during there time together During Flemings journey his comrades were there every step of the way He asked them questions about their decisions that they might make if certain events took place These decisions only discouraged his own He made friends quickly with Wilson and Jim Conklin They
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