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Adolescence As one grows older and has new experiences change and wisdom are often garnished In the novel Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane Henry is a young man who lives with his mother during the time of the civil war Henry enters the war enthusiastic and confident that his typical romantic view of battle will hold true This view is soon shattered as Henry gets his first glimpses of battle and he sees what true fear is and the courage that is needed to overcome it War accelerates mental growth and maturity as is shown by Henrys triumph over his anxiety In the novel courage is shown to be a mental state that one must achieve rather than an instinct As Henrys story begins he is full of self-confidence and glorious visions of a war He assumes that he will fight win and live to tell long exaggerated stories about it Henry does not consider however either the cause he is fighting for or the possibility of the existence of cowardice As Henry comes to terms with the reality of the battles he will soon be fighting for the first time it strikes him that perhaps in a battle he might run He was forced to admit that as far as war is concerned he knows nothing 10 This is the beginning of Henrys maturation because without understanding his foible he cannot mature When Henry experiences battle for the first time all goes well and he shows no signs of fear of running As the rebels return to attack he loses his nerve and flees This begins Henrys much-needed reassessment of himself which he accomplishes in the woods He comes upon a squirrel and compares his running away from danger to that of a squirrel running away from a pinecone To Henry this is justification for what he did Henry believes that if an animal
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