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How does Henry Fleming emotionally develop throughout The Red Badge of Courage I Introduction - Description of Henry Fleming II Support 1 - Naivety and Fear III Support 2 - Cowardice IV Support 3 - False Heroism and True Courage V Conclusion - Four Stages of Henrys Growth Stephen Cranes The Red Badge of Courage is a novel that depicts the emotional journey of a young man named Henry Fleming Crane goes into little detail about Henry and his background usually only referring to him as the youth or the young soldier Cranes vague description of Henry can identify him with any young man experiencing war for the first time We do know however that Henry grew up on a farm in New York State His father apparently died while he was still a child leaving his mother to raise him single-handedly We also know that Henrys life has been particularly quiet and protected which we can gather from his mothers advice to him before he sets off for the army Henry desires to sign up for the army because he is excited by the idea of being a hero even though he knows that his mother wants him to stay on the farm Henrys immaturity is exposed through his disappointment in his mothers reaction to the news of his departure for the war he expects a grand tearful speech about heroism yet all he receives is a pair of hand-knitted socks and some sensible advice Over the course of his military career Henrys character goes through a different emotional stage with every obstacle he faces At the start of the novel Henry is excited to join the army and is oblivious to what really happens in battle For example Henry states He had of course dreamed of battles all his life - of vague and bloody conflicts that had thrilled him with their sweep and fire In visions he had seen himself
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