The Red Badge Of Courage Character Analysis

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Children often wait for the moment in their lives that marks the point of maturity, when they are no longer naive, but rather complete with growth in mind and body. Bildungsroman, a coming of age story, is common in literature, but it is not always about them growing into adulthood. Many times the plot of the story involves a character casting off an imprecise or inaccurate worldview. One such story is The Red Badge of Courage by Stephan Crane, who creates a protagonist who needs to overcome his viewpoint to truly mature. Henry, the protagonist, gains new ideas by the end of the novel which differs greatly from the beginning, and he gains a certain maturity, but he does not completely change for the better. Opening with a brash young…show more content…
However, his thoughts about his brother in arms proved false and his regiment held the line, making him see that he was not preserving his life, but rather abandoning his companions. Dashing from the battle scene was a conscious choice on Henry’s part, but instead of facing is flaws like a hero and trying to build upon his mistakes to recover, Henry hides behind excuses, like the immature coward he is. Finally, Fleming rejoins his regiment and reconvenes with his companion Wilson. Although this should be a joyous reunion, except that Fleming is not mature enough to be truthful to where he went. When confronted with where he went, Henry lied and told Wilson that he moved during the battle and fought on another front. However horrible his actions before though, Henry seems to have learned his lesson. In his final battle, Henry leads the charge against the Confederates and fights like a wildcat. The captain of the company compliments Henry on his bravery, and Henry loses all his apprehension about war. In the middle of the battle, Fleming learns its true attributes instead of the fiction he once believed in. So Henry is a man who learns the ways of war and grows into a man who is wiser in the ways of the world, but he still is not fully mature at the end of the novel, even if he thinks he is. In the end, Fleming thinks himself a hero due to his newfound bravery in battle. However, he
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