The Red Badge of Courage : An Episode of the American Civil War

The Red Badge of Courage : An Episode of the American Civil War

by Stephen Crane

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The Red Badge of Courage was published in 1895, when its author, an impoverished writer living a bohemian life in New York, was only twenty-three. It immediately became a bestseller, and Stephen Crane became famous. Crane set out to create "a psychological portrayal of fear." Henry Fleming, a Union Army volunteer in the Civil War, thinks "that perhaps in a battle he might run....As far as war was concerned he knew nothing of himself." And he does run in his first battle, full of fear and then remorse. He encounters a grotesquely rotting corpse propped against a tree, and a column of wounded men, one of whom is a friend who dies horribly in front of him. Fleming receives his own "red badge" when a fellow soldier hits him in the head with a gun. "The idea of falling like heroes on ceremonial battlefields," Ford Madox Ford remarked later, "was gone forever." Shelby Foote, author of The Civil
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596882034
Publisher: Large Print Book Co
Publication date: 06/15/2017
Edition description: Large Print
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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The Red Badge of Courage (A Norton Critical Edition) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book while in cyber school and i have to say it was confusing at first but once i got the hang of the whole storyline it actually is a good book. Although it does have like some good parts, it does get confusing with all the thought details llike what the main character is thinking about..
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Red Badge of Courage is the tale of the initial cowardice and later courage of a Union soldier in the Civil War. The young soldier grows up and learns to deal with his feelings about the war.I had heard so much about this book but was terribly disappointed. I had a very difficult time getting through this "saga". Just a another CLASSIC that didn't grab me. Don't know what the fuss was all about.
t1bnotown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is among the very worst books I've ever read! I absolutely hated it! In my eighth grade journal (we read it in eighth grade), I nicknamed it The Red Book of Boredom. It was simply atrociously awful, and it went on and on and on. I remember no merits or saving graces in this one. To be kept in mind- I like most books in general, even books I don't especially LIKE, I feel friendly towards and am generally amicable towards. This book sucked.
kronos999 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another book that I no doubt should have read as a child, but never got to (not being American). Very fast read. I finished the entire thing in about an hour. While it is a classic study of the horrors gripping a young soldier on his first trip to the battlefield and influential in its time, the book didn't really grab me. This is probably due to the use of theme as plot in a fairly short novel so I never really became attached to Henry.
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Crane's work, an early entry in the pantheon of American literature, can be read as either an anti-war polemic, or a pro-war piece of propaganda. Certainly the main character, who goes through a personal crisis when faced with battle, swings like a pendulum between the two extremes, and it is unclear by the end which side he settles on. For instance, is it good to fight the good fight because it is good, or because it is necessary?
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Reading historical fiction can make readers want to read more. To become interested. If you wanted to learn more about the Civil War A Red Badge Of Courage is one of the better books. A classic text with great action and crucial historical putting you in the shoes of a soldier. A young prospective soldier yet not knowing the impending doom of war. Henry Fleming anxious for the Civil War. Yet he doesn’t realize the gruesome effect of The war; so he cowers and goes away. Day after night, countless thoughts of the war, he knew he needed to go back to take action, to... get his red badge of courage. A Red Badge Of Courage does not only capture the epic battles, the action, the effects of the Civil War. It also evaluates the crucial facts of the Civil War to relive the past, The Civil War. An example is after a soldier dies they sing songs to block the sorrow. This small part in the book replicates soldier life and shows what they do in different moments. This book can also make you infer about the past. For an example soldiers were not not well educated; soldiers would talk as if they came from a foreign country. One time Henry said “ Well, yeh kin b’lieve me er not, jest as yeh like. I don’t care a hang.” Most free slaves have better grammar. We can infer that free slaves wanted to get educated because they simply were not allowed so made them more determined to get educated. On the other hand the language can be very irritating and hard to follow because it leads you nowhere. Also Henry would not stop whining, he was that three year old child at the park thats ice cream has fell. In conclusion this book has many positives and negative to keep in mind. Like I said before A Red Badge Of Courage is one of the better books even though you have to power through the irritating  language. Now you can see how this classic text can show you a life of a soldier and what it was like to be one; the great battles, the living spaces, and much more. In conclusion if you want a classic text with action and a very realistic tour of a soldiers life trapped in war, if so this is the book for you.
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JordanStormCloud More than 1 year ago
In the book, “Red Badge of Courage” Henry Fleming is in the union army. He runs away during a battle, “Field of War.” But after the battle he feels a shame for have leaving in the middle like that. So now he wants to redeem himself by getting injured in battle to get the badge, “Red Badge of Courage.” This book is enjoyable but it also helps you learn a little bit about the civil war. For example its shows how sacred most the soldiers were and it also showed qhat the battle field was like, and the camps, such as when people saw people at the camps. It also shows how people turned “crazy” after they were shot. if you're looking for a good historical fiction Red badge of courage would be the one because it is a good book but you may get a little confused during the storyline but overall you shows the life of soldiers and many more.
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If you want a book that you and the main character both can learn from, this is it..
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Just amazing. At first I thought this book was extremely boring, but after a Couple of chapters i was just sucked into the splendid detail and compelling vocabulary this book has that no other can even compare to. I give this a well deserved 5 stars. No other author can make such a genius novel as this one, that manages to make me laugh and cry and ponder how the characters feel all in one hour. This book has truelly touched my heart and makes me wonder why so many people havent read it. ~<3~ Emery.
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The sentences are seprated by THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE almost every page. Wish i had a better one.
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Dont like it
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I want to read a new book, but I would like to know what this book is about.
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