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The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane exemplifies the theme of maturation Henry Fleming begins as an immature youth who believes he matures through his experiences of war but he ends with the same immature ideals that he begins withIn the beginning of the novel Henry Fleming is an immature youth He has his mind set on the path that he thinks will make him more mature Henry longs to become a man and he perceives war as the key step into becoming a man He believes that becoming a soldier and going to fight in the civil war will automatically make him a man no matter what he learns or does not learn from his experiences there seemed to be much glory in them He had read of marches sieges conflicts and he had longed to see it all 4 Henry longs to see all the ramifications of war He feels that taking a part in these matches sieges etc would bring glory to him This glory that he suspects he would receive is not so much about how others would look at him with respect and dignity but of how he would look at himself Henry imagines that glory will make him become a man The honor he assumes one receives in battle is what he thinks defines someone as a man Henry does not realize that one is not defined by his accomplishments but by what is learned through themFurther on through the novel Henry believes he matures through his experiences of war By the end of chapter twenty Henry has fought battles and ran from battles Through his many experiences in battle there are many lessons to be learned Henry does not learn any of them They gazed about them with looks of uplifted pride feeling new trust in the grim always confident weapons in their hands And they were men 131 Henry and his regimen win an unfeasible
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