Follow the trials and tribulations of Henry Fleming, a recruit in the American Civil War in this impressionistic novel by American writer Stephen Crane. Considered one of the most influential war stories every written, The Red Badge of Courage was published in 1895, a full thirty years after the American Civil War had ended. Although Stephen Crane was born after the war and never participated in battle himself, he was highly praised by the Civil War veterans for having capture a realistic impression of their actual battlefield experiences and emotions.
The Red Badge of Courage treats with the meaning of courage as the young protagonist Henry Fleming is cast into circumstances that take the full measure of his own personal courage. Crane carefully traces the development of our young soldier, detailing the hopes and fears and rationalizations of his career.
The Red Badge of Courage is a popular classroom assignment and is widely read by students around the globe. Readers should take a moment to learn more about the career of Stephen Crane.
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