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The Red Badge of Courage An Episode of the American Civil War The Red Badge of Courage was written by Stephen Crane and published by D Appleton and Company It has 162 pages During this report I will describe the setting characters plot the main idea the author was trying to prevail on upon his readers a quote from the book and an evaluation of the book The setting takes place during an unspecified time during the Civil War The battle described in the novel is most likely a fictional account of the Battle at Chancellorsville which took place May 2-6 1863 The novels protagonist Henry Fleming a young soldier fighting for the Union army during the American Civil War Initially Henry stands untested in battle and questions his own courage As the novel progresses he encounters hard truths about the experience of war confronting the universes indifference to his existence and the insignificance of his own life Often vain and holding extremely romantic notions about himself Henry grapples with these lessons as he first runs from battle then comes to thrive as a soldier in combat Jim Conklin Henrys friend is a tall soldier hurt during the regiments first battle Jim soon dies from his wounds and represents in the early part of the novel an important moral contrast to Henry Jim has little patience for the kind of loud knee-jerk criticism or vague abstraction that distracts Wilson and Henry He prefers to do what duty requires of him and finds a quiet simple pleasure in doing so Henry Fleming a recent recruit with this 304th Regiment worries about his courage He fears that if he were to see battle he might run However since the time he joined the army has merely been waiting for engagement At last the regiment is given orders to march and the soldiers spend several weary days traveling on foot Eventually they approach a battlefield and begin to
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