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Courage In Stephen Crane's The Red Badge Of Courage

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Stephen Crane once wrote in a letter, "You can tell nothing... unless you are in that condition yourself," he wrote The Red Badge of Courage without any experience of war, but he accurately depicts the harsh reality of war through the eyes of the protagonist of the book, Henry Fleming. The youth showed emotions of fear, courage, pride, and humility. Crane tells this story from the perspective of the youth forcing the reader to see, “the red sickness of battle,” and how gruesome war really is. Stephen Crane after writing the novel finally experienced battle as a war correspondent, and he said this on the novel, "It was all right." Showing really how extremely realistic this novel is and how tough war really is, not only physically, but mentally (which is what Crane emphasises in this book, the profound question regarding Henry’s courage). Stephen Crane sets this story during the American Civil War in the 19th century and Henry Fleming is shown going through a gruesome battle but the most rigorous battle for him is a psychological one. Nature was a huge component to add to Henry’s psychological battle, and nature has a massive role as it is used as a comforter to answer for Henry’s cowardice, to show there is little difference between man and animal, for dichotomy between war and the tranquillity of nature, and conveyed as having different emotions towards man at certain moments. Ultimately, as this story goes on nature is presented as being indifferent and unsympathetic to
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