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---- Paper based on Stephen Cranes worksHow do we grow up through the hardships of live What can a stressful environment bring out in human And how do you perceive a society between the reality and the myth As a naturalism and realism writer Stephen Crane creates vivid characters in his stories We might find answers of these questions from Cranes three representative works The Red Badge of Courage The Open Boat and The Blue Hotel Adolescence brings about many changes as a youth becomes an adult For many people this passage is either tedious or painful or simple and barely noticeable In The Red Badge of Courage the character Henry Fleming survives the Civil War which serves as his rite of passage as it teaches him the importance of things such as dreams companionship individualism dignity and of course courage At first Henry is determined and eager to fight in war which is his dream and goal From all the tales told by others of fighting and glory he can not help but idolize the duty of the soldier and aspire to become the very same soldier Unfortunately his dreams are virtually shattered time again as the fight on in the battle Eventually Henry is faced with the ultimate enemy - himself He begins to doubt his own self-confidence and wonders weather he will stay and fight or run then faced with death and war at the battlefields He experimented with many schemes but threw them aside one by one as flimsy Crane 65 Those schemes suggest the constant dilemma experienced by most adolescents which would be conformity peer pressure and acceptance Henry eventually flees from the scene reexamines himself and his thoughts and musters up the courage to return to the battlefield This is part of growing up - facing your fears and giving it another shot The death of John Conklin teaches Henry the importance of companionship and its limits which play
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