Describe the elements of war and death in Stephen Crane’s The Red
Badge of Courage. This book is divided into two parts. In the first part the main
characters, Henry Flemings. illusions disappear when confronted by the reality of
battle(WAH 642). During the first battle he sees vague figures before him, but
they are driven away. In the next battle he is so frightened that he runs away
becoming one of the first heroes
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the course of his experiences Henry learns at first
hand of the indifference of the universe, the chaos of the world,
the illusory nature of religion and patriotism and heroism, but
he learns these lessons in the heat of the moment, when
recognition is virtually forced on him(reports of war 146). Henry
becomes a representative of mankind.
The individual memory becomes a metaphor for collective memory,
history. Everythings a lie. Not even heroism can last.