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Describe the elements of war and death in Stephen Cranes The Red Badge of Courage This book is divided into two parts In the first part the main characters Henry Flemings illusions disappear when confronted by the reality of battleWAH 642 During the first battle he sees vague figures before him but they are driven away In the next battle he is so frightened that he runs away becoming one of the first heroes in literature to actually desert his fellow soldiers in the field While Henry is separated from his fellow soldiers he wanders through the forest There he experiences the kind of illusions that predominate in all of the writings of Crane WAH 642 First he tells himself that nature does not blame him for running Next he finds himself in a part of the woods that he believes is religious The insects are praying and the forest takes the appearance of a chapel Henry is comfortable with this until he finds a dead soldier in the heart of the chapel Henry sees an ant carrying a bundle across the face of the dead soldier That view is beautiful in the sense of conveying great emotion through minute detailWAH 643 As he moves back henry sees a line of injured soldiers including his friend Jim Conklinwho is badly wounded and another friend called the tattered man Trying to make up for deserting his friends Henry tries to help Jim Conklin who is dyingAfter Conklin dies the tattered man probes deeply into Henrys conscience by repeatedly asking where ya hitBowers 132 Henry deserts the tattered man When Henry stops another soldier he asks him the novels most important question which is why The soldier hits henry on the head for starting trouble Ironically this wound becomes Henrys Red Badge of Courage Henry is then lead back to his regiment by a cheery soldier who helps wandering soldiers This leads Henry
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