Later, a fleeing Union soldier holding his rifle high accidentally runs into Henry. With his red badge of courage"the head injury Henry has a war wound to show his comrades and becomes a changed young man.The Loud Man (Wilson): Braggart who is really cowered by the prospect of war.
Later, a fleeing Union soldier holding his rifle high accidentally runs into Henry. With his red badge of courage"the head injury Henry has a war wound to show his comrades and becomes a changed young man.
The back and forth movement of Crane’s plot, the pendulumlike swings toward and away from battle, with experience at one pole and reflection, especially rationalization, at the other, parallel the back and forth movement of Henry’s impressionistic perceptions about reality and about himself. Finds a balance in the novel between a metaphoric view of war as chaos and confusion, and a view of a world at peace. Praises Crane’s use of third-person limited point of view. Identifies Crane’s abstraction of the Civil War from its historical context as a distinctive contribution to American literature.
His misperceptions derive literally from the obscuring smoke of battle but figuratively, or psychologically, from his insatiable need to see himself and his world as meaningful even as experience teaches him quite the opposite lesson, that the world is flatly indifferent to man. War and peace function more as archetypes than as realities in the novel.
After the soldiers finally break camp, they march off toward the war zone at Chancellorsville, Virginia. One morning, after crossing a river the previous evening, Henry awakens abruptly when the tall soldier kicks him in the leg.
Something is going on, and in moments Henryalong with the whole regimentis running down a road.
Historically, that locale is where Union forces under General Joseph Hooker fought Confederate forces under General Robert E. Author Crane never mentions Hooker, Lee, Chancellorsville, or even the U. Henry Fleming: New York state farm boy who enlists in the Union Army in the belief that war is a glorious adventure.
His first taste of military living, with its constant drills and the monotony of camp life, disillusions him.
Before signing up, he had fantasized about placing himself in the front lines of great battles. To defy bullets and to fight in the smoke of artillery firewas there anything more exciting?
True, the character of the war between the states might not quite measure up to the heroic and romantic character of the wars of ancient Greece, which Henry had read about and reveled over.
The book focuses on the character development of a young soldier after he enlists in the Union Army in 1863, during the American Civil War.
The novel presents a realistic portrait of the youth and the battle he fights with the enemy and with himself.