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The Red Badge Of Courage By Stephen Crane

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Prior to the Civil War, combat on the battlefield was portrayed as glorious and as something that molded heroic figures for the future to praise and behold. Back then, some Americans believed that going into war would instantly make them into heroes and was the best way to pay tribute to your country. However, after the Civil War, the perspective of war was redefined among many Americans. Many stories of warfare show the way some Americans viewed the idea of war. In the following texts: The Red Badge of Courage, Across Five Aprils, Civil War Journal, and the Sullivan Ballou Letter, many Americans had to deal with the pain of war and were faced with the cold reality that changed America forever.
The novel, The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane, shows the change in the perspective of war through the eyes of a youth named Henry. Henry, who had grown up with a glorified view of war, had always been eager to join the army and fight as a hero for his country. However, all goes downhill when he learns of the true intentions of war and its extreme horrors and troubles. Before an actual battle, he had “dreamed of battles all his life--of vague and bloody conflicts that had thrilled him with their sweep and fire” (Crane). After being scarred from the first battle, at the sight of a second battle, “he ran like a blind man. Two or three times he fell down. Once he knocked his shoulder so heavily against a tree that he went headlong” (Crane). He no longer believed war to be a
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