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Stephen Crane was born in 1871 and died in 1900 He was the author of famous works such as the short story The Open Boat and novels such as Maggie Girl of the Streets and The Red Badge of Courage The Red Badge of Courage is a Civil War novel about a young man Henry Fleming and his journey toward adulthood Stephen Crane uses vivid religious imagery to express the central theme of the novel spiritual growth Religious imagery are images or symbols that have a religious meaning Religious imagery is also evident in depicting the characters of the book such as Henry Fleming Wilson Jim Conklin and Henrys mother Moreover it is also used to express settings in the book such as the woods and the corpse-infested battlefields It has been argued that Cranes cynic view of religion in his novels stemmed from his childhood As a child Stephen Crane faced many adversities in his life in which his faith was tested As he was growing up he felt isolated by his father in a hostile universe which was where the inspiration for Henry Flemings soul searching may have developed Wertheim 44 When Crane was nine years old his father Jonathan Townley and a Methodist minister died in 1880 Silverman 9 Crane remembers polishing the silver handles of the coffin in the kitchen while the country women sang hymns Barbato 4 The terrors of that village funeral stayed with him Barbato 4 He wrote later We tell kids that heaven is just across the gaping grave and all that bosh and then we scare them to glue with flowers and white sheets and hymns We ought to be crucified for it I have forgotten nothingnot a damned iota not a shred Barbato 4 Cranes mother Helen Crane died ten years later in 1890 She was a religious woman who lectured for the Womans Christian Temperance Union Crane described her as someone who
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