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Stephen Cranes literary technique has long been a matter of great interest analysis and speculation In The Red Badge of Courage Crane takes us into the life of a young man named Henry Fleming who wants to enlist in the United States Army and fight in the war against the South By using irony similes and symbols to name a few Crane paints a vivid picture of what life was like for the fragile Henry Fleming He opens our eyes to the vast reasons of separation for Fleming and why he lived his life so independently The precarious vulnerable and insecure Henry Fleming was isolated from more than just his family and his regiment he was isolated from himself As the narrative The Red Badge of Courage opens Henry and his mother are engaged in a quarrel about Henry leaving to join the Army By going against his mothers wishes and disobeying her he isolates himself from his family This isolation is imperative to the way Henry lives his life during his time in the Army Moral support is something that a family especially a mother provides for a child but because Henry has disassociated himself from his mother he neglects to receive this This moral support is needed during the hard times of battle but when Henry looks for this support he realizes that hes pushed it away far out of his life and that it is almost imperceptible Thus revealing the first isolation in Henry Flemings life During war a soldiers most important support system is hisher regiment This is a support system that Henry has then loses throughout this time period in his life All through the war Henry questions his courage and bravery He wonders if he will turn and run when death is looking him in the eyes or if he will decide to stay and do what he came to do prove that he is
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