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In the Novel The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane had four main themes he believed about war These themes are War is organized brutality War is inhuman War is a test of individuals and War offers an opportunity for personal growth Henry Fleming the main character in the novel shows perfect examples of these themes One morning at dawn a man comes on horseback to deliver orders The regiment begins to march and Henry tries to avoid speaking to his comrades He does not know if he will run from battle or not At night he lies down on the grass and wishes he were at home on his mothers farm A soldier named Wilson comes to talk to him and they discuss the upcoming events He asks Wilson if he is sure he would not run away from battle and the loud soldier swears that he he would not The regiment reach a stopping place and some of the soldiers began to build mounds from stones in front of them Before long however they are told to withdraw Henry does not know why they were led to this point and he and the other soldiers discuss the indecisiveness of the army commanders In the afternoon they march again and they hear skirmish fire The loud soldier Wilson tells Henry that this battle will be his first and last He asks Henry to take a yellow envelope back to his family The brigade is halted in a grove Bullets begin to fly by them and the lieutenant is struck in the hand The regiment stands motionless watching the Confederate brigade in front of them retreat The scene descends into chaos and the members of Henrys regiment know that they must hold their ground Some soldiers such and Wilson know when they are going to die This shows how brutal war is War is also extremely inhumane Parts from the book displayed this
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