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The Red Badge of Courage is not a war novel It is a novel about life This novel illustrates the trials and tribulations of everyday life Stephen Crane uses the war as a comparison to everyday life He is semi-saying that life is like a war It is a struggle of warriorsthe every day peopleagainst the odds In these battles of everyday life people can change In The Red Badge of Courage the main character Henry Fleming undergoes a character change that shows how people must overcome their fears and the invisible barriers that hold them back from being the best peoplewarriors in the sense that life is warthey can be Henry has a character change that represents how all humans have general sense of fear of the unknown that must be overcome In the first part of the novel Henry is a youth that is very inexperienced His motives were impure He was a very selfish and self-serving character He enters the war not for the basis of serving his country but for the attainment of glory and prestige Henry wants to be a hero This represents the natural human characteristic of selfishness Humans have a want and a need to satisfy themselves This was Henrys main motive throughout the first part of the novel On more than one occasion Henry is resolved to that natural selfishness of human beings After Henry realizes that the attainment of glory and heroism has a price on it That price is by wounds or worse yet death Henry then becomes self-serving in the fact that he wants to survive for himself not the Union army There is many a time when Henry wants to justify his natural fear of death He is at a point where he is questioning deserting the battle in order to justify this he asks Jim the tall soldier if he would run Jim declared that hed thought about it Surely thought
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