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In The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane Henry Fleming a recruit with the 304th regiment can be considered a hero But what exactly is a hero Well this is how the American Heritage Dictionary defines hero hero hr-o n pl heroes A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life I define hero as someone who has made a positive influence on someones life Stephen Crane defines hero as someone who has overcome his fears In all three definitions Henry Fleming is a hero Under the American Heritage Dictionary Henry was a person who was noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose especially one who has risked or sacrificed his life Henry enlisted in the 304th regiment during the Civil War who fought for the Union So Henry was a hero who fought for his country and became one of the regiments best fighters Under my definition Henry was a hero because he made a positive influence on Wilsons life Wilson was Henrys loud soldier friend who sympathized with Henry Both being new recruits they shared the harsh experiences of war and gained the reputation of being the regiments best fighters In other words they both depended on each other to get through the war Most importantly Henry was a hero under Stephen Cranes definition he over came his fears about being in battle Henry was not only in battle with the enemy the south but he was also battling himself about courage Henry have always dreamt of the battles of war and of what it would be like to fight in those glorious battles But when the regiment was wondering around aimlessly he started to lose some of his ideals of war and started to become scared of running away from a battle This was the turning point for Henry He started questioning himself and
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