Symbols And Themes Of The Red Badge Of Courage By Stephen Crane

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Symbols Help Understand The Theme Symbols and themes play a major role in understanding novels. The symbols and themes can help with getting a better understanding of the novel. A novel that has many symbols is a novel called The Red Badge Of Courage. The author of the novel is Stephen Crane and the genre is historical fiction. In the novel the main character is Henry Fleming. Henry is also known as The Youth. Henry joins the Union in the Civil War. Henry joined the army to have glory. When Henry first gets on the battle field he is scared, but he overcomes his fears. Another book that has many symbols and themes is a novel named A Separate Peace. The author is John Knowles and the genre of the book is a novel. The main character is Gene…show more content…
Henry eventually gets his red badge of courage by getting hit in the head with a rifle. In Knowle’s novel, the symbol is the giant tree on the Devon campus. The giant tree represents fears and obstacles of boys growing to be men. When Gene was younger the giant tree always gave him chills, because that is where his friend Finny fell and broke his leg. Finny died because of the broken leg. Gene visits Devon Boarding School around 15 years later. This time Gene is grown and in his mid thirties. Gene notices the huge tree that gave him chills when he was younger. This time when Gene saw the huge tree it seemed not as big as he expected it to be. The tree did not bring as much chills neither. It is easy to infer that the tree brought a little discomfort to him because that is where his friend broke his leg. A quote that proves the tree symbolizes fears and obstacles of boys says “ This was the tree, and it seemed to me standing there to resemble those men, the giants of your childhood, whom you encounter years later and find that they are not merely smaller in relation to your growth, but that they are absolutely smaller, shrunken by age. In this double demotion the old giants have become pigmies while you were looking the other way.” (Knowles 14). The quote represents fears and obstacles, because the giants can be scary. The giants also can get in the way of your life.
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