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The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane The Red Badge of Courage During an unnamed battle year old private Henry Fleming survives what he considers to be a lost cause by escaping into a nearby wood deserting his battalion He finds a group of injured men in whi

  • Title: The Red Badge of Courage
  • Author: Stephen Crane
  • ISBN: 9781580495868
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane During an unnamed battle, 18 year old private Henry Fleming survives what he considers to be a lost cause by escaping into a nearby wood, deserting his battalion He finds a group of injured men in which one of the group, the Tattered Soldier , asks Henry, who s often referred to as The Youth , where he s wounded Henry, embarrassed that he s whole, wanders thru the foreDuring an unnamed battle, 18 year old private Henry Fleming survives what he considers to be a lost cause by escaping into a nearby wood, deserting his battalion He finds a group of injured men in which one of the group, the Tattered Soldier , asks Henry, who s often referred to as The Youth , where he s wounded Henry, embarrassed that he s whole, wanders thru the forest He ultimately decides that running was the best thing, that he s a small part of the army responsible for saving himself When he learns that his battalion had won the battle, Henry feels guilty As a result, he returns to his battalion is injured when a cannon operator hits him in the head because he wouldn t let go of his arm When he returns to camp, the other soldiers believe he was harmed by a bullet grazing him in battle The next morning he goes into battle for a 3rd time While looking for a stream from which to attain water, he discovers from the commanding officer that his regiment has a lackluster reputation The officer speaks casually about sacrificing Henry s regiment because they re nothing than mule drivers mud diggers With no regiments to spare, the general orders his men forward In the final battle, Henry becomes one of the best fighters in his battalion as well as the flag bearer, finally proving his courage as a man.
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    1. Emily on said:

      I feel almost guilty about how much I disliked this book I know it s an important piece of literature, that it changed the way people viewed war, it s an American classic, etc etc But I could NOT stand it I thought it was boring and I didn t really care what happened to the main character I was totally distracted by how the author called him the youth instead of his name and I had to have my brother in law explain to me what the point of it was since I just couldn t tell Maybe my tastes will mat [...]

    2. Henry Avila on said:

      The Battle of Chancellorsville in northern Virginia 1863 , one of the bloodiest 24,000 casualties of the war between the states, is the focus of this novel Henry Fleming a naive , restless farm boy not yet a man, from New York State, goes off to fight during the American Civil War Against the tearful pleading of his widowed mother not to, Henry out of patriotism or boredom wants to join the Union Army Many months pass of training and marching, before Fleming gets into action Some of his friends, [...]

    3. matt on said:

      This book made my heart race and made me hear gunfire.I think Crane manages to create the perfect visceral novel Sure there is symbolism if you want it, but at its core this book is about experience.Like a delicate flower, this book is easily ruined by too much prodding attention Just read it, take it in, let yourself get dragged into the story and imagery Don t think, don t read it closely to prepare for a paper or discussion, just experience it.I would never teach this book in a class I would [...]

    4. Thomas on said:

      2.5 starsIntellectual Thomas thinks this story changed people s perception of war and made them think about the individual psychological processes involved in combat He thinks that this book had a nice flow of thought that concluded with the narrator learning to be less whiny.Thomas Thomas the college student Thomas that has almost no free time to read for fun, and therefore only wants to read satisfying books feels that The Red Badge of Courage was super frustrating in that its author, Stephen [...]

    5. Duane on said:

      Most novels about war are broad, sweeping stories that try to capture the big picture of what happened But what s it like for the individual What were they thinking, feeling, and experiencing That s what Stephen Crane brings to life in this book He shows the fine line between courage and cowardice that exists in everyone An American classic that has never been out of print.Revised December 2017.

    6. Nathan Albro on said:

      I found it disappointing that The Red Badge of Courage, an American classic, was dull, had poor pacing, and lackluster characterization There might be historical value in this novel, written by Stephen Crane who was born nearly five years after America s civil war ended, but there is little to enjoy The novel does focus on the psyche of the protagonist so then on the war itself, but I found myself not caring I didn t care for the characters nor did I care about the battles or the war I told mys [...]

    7. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen CraneThe Red Badge of Courage is a war novel by American author Stephen Crane 1871 1900 Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a red badge of courage, to counteract his cowardice When his regiment once again faces the enemy, Henry acts as standard bearer, who carries a flag 1998 1335 245 1374 157

    8. Moses Kilolo on said:

      When Henry Flemming set off to join the war, he perhaps did not have a clear picture of what lay before him, what his decision meant Like every other young man across the divide of time and circumstance he envisions his return as a hero an achieved man but does he pause to consider the damn hardship of the battlefield Perhaps not At some point he actually runs, but his conscience torments him A series of happenings accidental i think push him back to track, and there he tries to prove his manhoo [...]

    9. Beth F. on said:

      Here is a recreation of my brain while reading this book Alright, it s about time I read this and so far, okay I like the prose, I like the prose, I like theumSTOP TALKING Stop talking to each other Shutup I can barely understand you UGH Thank you Nice proseceokay, nevermind Boring Boring Boring Boring Gross I hate fight scenes Boring AND gross Gross AND boring Stop fighting Stop talking Get on with itis is boring Overall, I d have to say that the dialogue between the characters was a little too [...]

    10. Roy Lotz on said:

      Tolstoi made the writing of Stephen Crane on the Civil War seem like the brilliant imagining of a sick boy who had never seen war but had only read the battles and chronicles and seen the Brandy photographs that I had read and seen at my grandparents house Ernest HemingwayI think Hemingway s quote sums up the book pretty well The Red Badge of Courage was written when Crane had never seen battle it is the product of a young man s imagination he was only in his early twenties , trying to vividly c [...]

    11. Teresa Proença on said:

      N o gosto nada de livros sobre guerra mas como de Stephen Crane adoro O Monstro e releio muitas vezes No Deserto, achei por bem ler um seu romance do qual se diz ser um livro que se tornou um estudo cl ssico da psicologia do medo E l me alistei como leitora da primeira obra escrita sobre a Guerra da Secess o Como dizem que n o se deve desistir dos livros, aguentei, corajosamente, at cerca de 73 batalhas, mas na 74 so obrei e, gravemente ferida de t dio, desertei Fico sem saber se o her i morreu, [...]

    12. Tara Ferrin on said:

      I actually finally finished the book last night I say finally not because I didn t enjoy it, because I did, but it definitely was a tougher read than I m used The language is older descriptive, and at times hard to figure out, but in the end I think it made me appreciate it I m not going to pretend that I understood even half of what the author was trying to say, but It did affect me, and spoke to me personally at times In my opinion he s a brilliant writer It s a story of a very young and ine [...]

    13. Sticherus on said:

      So, hey There s this guy His name s Henry, but that s not really important He really wanted to join the army, cuz, well, that s what all the cool kids were doing So he did And hey, who doesn t wanna blow shit up I know I d wanna blow shit up Everybody loves blowing shit up.Anyway, so yeah That happened They all sat around for a while, and then there was this one fight, and then there was this other fight, and some stuff happened Nothing to get excited about And oh yeah, after that there was this [...]

    14. Wolfman on said:

      Stephen Crane died at the turn of the century in his late 20 s, making him a rock star I bet all of the college kids in the 1910 s and 20 s had posters of him on their walls Or maybe portraits There isn t that much time in The Red Badge of Courage for you to get too attached to any characters, not even our hero The Youth, Henry Fleming But you can totally empathize with his Desire to do Something Grand, his fear, his sense of accomplishment, and generally fickle human nature Plus, Stephen Crane [...]

    15. Faith on said:

      DNF Read through chapter 2 I justI m legit so bored, y all I cannot do this Worst classic I ve ever read tried to read and that s saying something My amazing teacher is letting me swap and read a different classic in place of this one Thanks, Mom 3

    16. Darwin8u on said:

      It was not well to drive men into final corners at those moments they could all develop teeth and claws Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of CourageProbably 3.25 stars Bonus points for the fact that Crane elevated war novels to a modern level, but doesn t quite measure up quite to Conrad, Tolstoy or Remarque Maybe, maaaaaybe, 4 stars as a novel and 3 stars as a war novel.

    17. Stenwjohnson on said:

      There is surprisingly little 19th century American fiction that describes the Civil War combat experience Contemporaneous memoirs, poems, and histories abound, but Ambrose Bierce s short stories and Stephen Crane s The Red Badge of Courage are likely the most prominent examples of literary war narratives from that century Both are remarkable for their combination of stylized lyricism and brutal, near cynical unsentimentality Bierce was a seasoned war veteran but Crane was only 24 when his novel [...]

    18. Kellyn Roth on said:

      Finished this book wishing the main character would just die Just really hated him Like, it s been a while since I ve hated a character as much as I hated this one I was just sitting there hoping he d blow up or something so the world would be rid of him.Was also very boring Could barely stand it, but had to finish it for school.

    19. Jacqui on said:

      I have no idea how this average review can be 3 5 The Red Badge of Courage is one of many books that address fear in the face of death Henry, a brand new and young soldier in the Civil War, doesn t know how he will react to battle When his regiment charges the enemy, Henry defects He is ashamed, but through a variety of circumstances and enormous personal growth we love this in our novels becomes a hero among the soldiers of his regiment.This book made popular the term red badge of courage as it [...]

    20. Laura on said:

      I always seem to write reviews for books I love That really is a tragedy, because books I hated should be acknowledged here too.This review is a warning to all Especially the younger set that may still encounter this book in school If you have a choice, do not read this book, sometimes they offer an array of books to chose from I am still baffled at how this book was ever deemed a good choice for use in schools It is the most boring and painful book I have ever read, to this day, and I read it b [...]

    21. C.B. Cook on said:

      This is a relatively short book, and although there is some hard to read dialect, it s certainly enjoyable The tale of war is a hard, bloody one to read about, but definitely something that we should all think about This book won t leave my mind any time soon since I ll still be answering questions about it for American Lit .High ViolenceLanguage view spoiler Multiple uses of both d and h hide spoiler

    22. Steven Peterson on said:

      The difference between cowardice and courage What is it Where is the dividing line Can one be both a coward and courageous Stephen Crane addresses these issues in The Red Badge of Courage The exploration of these issues is competently done, set in the context of the Civil War The protagonist learns from his cowardice and becomes an effective soldier, removed from the romanticism of battle

    23. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly on said:

      Certainly Stephen Crane was not a minimalist He seemed to have treated straight expressions, simple words, directness and the pared down style as undesirable I could imagine, for example, Hemingway describing a prisoner with a non fatal foot wound as one who was angry and who had told his captors to go to hell and to fuck off Stephen Crane preferred to have it like this One of the prisoners was nursing a superficial wound in the foot He cuddled it, babywise, but he looked up from it often to cur [...]

    24. Jim on said:

      Another triumph of audio books, I finally managed to get through this one I had to read it for school 40 years ago barely managed to skim enough to pass the test As short as it is, I found it quite boring, even in audio format Yet I find the book fascinating on several levels That Crane could write this so well without ever having been a soldier is incredible The chaos of battle boredom of waiting comes through so clearly just too clearly for far too long too repetitively I found myself drifting [...]

    25. Alex on said:

      Since I m heading into a WWI segment, I thought I might take the opportunity to backtrack and cover this other nominee for Best War Novel Ever Only takes a few minutes anyway, right The first half is pretty amazing Crane deals with the concept of cowardice unflinchingly and with a ton of psychological insight The way he describes exactly what s going on in his protagonist s head, minute by minuteis is pretty great stuff.I think it loses a little juice in the second half, which deals with bravery [...]

    26. Andrew on said:

      The Red Badge of Courage was a very meaningful book for me This book is about a boy named Henry who thinks that when his squad gets into battle, he will not have the courage to stay and fight He hasn t actually been in a fight yet, his squad has been resting and he thinks that they are going to go into a fight soon When he thinks that his platoon is going to all die, he runs from the fight He sees a lot of injured men that he admires and can t stand to be with them He sees his old friend Jim wou [...]

    27. Christine on said:

      I first read this as a very young kid I was no than 8 years old I thought it was amazing then, and I re read it when I was in my 20 s and appreciated it even However I doubt I ll be up for another re read anytime soon, because I can t handle harrowing stories of war the way I once could, even ones as beautifully written as this one But there will always be a place for it on my bookshelf Um or in one of my many boxes of books that hasn t yet been unpacked after 3 years in our house because we a [...]

    28. Joey on said:

      Re read 10 10 15 2.5 stars originally I read this about 30 years ago in high school and I didn t care much for it I m glad I did a re read It has now become one of my all time favorites The realism of the battles had me checking for bullet holes after every chapter A truly great classic.

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