Stephen Crane: The Red Badge of Courage

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  • Max Lester Loges (Lamar University )

Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage (Red Badge) is a classic of American literature in its realistic depiction of war from the average soldier’s viewpoint. The story’s central character, Henry Fleming, is a young man who looks even younger than his chronological age and is given the descriptive title of “the youth”. He is the only child in a single parent family, his father having died sometime in the distant pass. Henry has a romantic picture of himself, imagining girls at his school in love with him and seeing himself as the hero in all his warlike dreams. He joins a regiment, the 304th New York, being raised in his area and receives training along the banks of the …

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Loges, Max Lester. "The Red Badge of Courage". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 November 2015
[, accessed 28 November 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. American Civil War