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Red Badge of Courage
The moral portrayed in the book Red Badge of Courage has to do with courage and how one becomes courageous. In the beginning of the novel the author writes about a boy named Henry Fleming. This boy dreams about being a hero like the ones that he reads about in school. Little did this boy realize, it is much easier to dream about becoming a hero then to really be one. There are many aspects of being a hero. To become a hero one must be courageous, act on instinct, and not worry about themselves.
When Henry gets to go into battle, he sees how terrifying war really is. During the first battle, Henry fights well and his regiment holds the enemy back. After this, the enemy does a surprise attack on them, when Henry sees two others drop there guns and run, Henry runs like a coward as well. He did this not knowing that his line had held. Not only was running a cowardly act, but when he heard that his line held he was mad at the other two soldiers who ran for making him run too. A true coward blames things on others instead of taking the blame like a hero would. After that Henry is scared to fight again, so he wants to get injured (Red Badge of Courage) so he canít be hurt in battle. So he starts to hang out with the people who are injured; therefore, he does not have to fight. When someone ask him what happened to him he leaves them because he is scared that they will find out about him. Later on Henry does get his wish, Red Badge of Courage, when he is hit in the head by a soldier who was on his side. As one can see Henry has developed into a coward and nothing more.
When other soldiers saw that Henry was injured they started to respect him and Henry liked that. To bad they respected him because they thought that he got hurt in the war. All the soldiers thought that Henry was full of courage, but he wasnít, he was nothing but a coward. All this would change though in the next battle, when Henry and his friend Wilson didnít retreat. After the victory Henry and Wilson took the flag out of the dying color manís hands. After this Henry and Wilson are commended for bravely. By the time of the final fight, Henry didnít think about himself, he just acted on instinct, like a hero would. Henry was proud of himself for his bravely yet embarrassed about his cowardliness. This proves that one most not just to be thought of as courageous, but they must have confidence in themselves in knowing that they are brave
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The Red Badge of Courage, Henry Fleming, Literature, American literature
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