describe the elements of death and war in cranes THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE

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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.