Critical Review of The Red Badge of Courage

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Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, talks about a young boy becoming a man, through the ways of war. In the story Henry joins the war in search of adventure and courageousness. Henry comes face to face with new friends and foes in the story, along with looking death in the eye on more than one occasion. Stephen Crane does an excellent job in writing this book. After reading this story one general stated that “he recalled fighting in the war with Crane” (Overview). On November 1, 1871 Stephen Crane the author of The Red Badge of Courage was born. Crane was born in the town of Newark, New Jersey and was the fourteenth child born to Jonathon Townley Crane a Methodist Minister and Mary Helen Peck a Methodist Church writer. Throughout his childhood though, Crane was raised by his sister Agnes, who was fifteen years his elder. From 1885 to 1887 Stephen Crane attended the New Jersey seminary, before going to school in New Jersey though Crane did go to a quasi-military academy. After deciding that the New Jersey seminary wasn't where he wanted to go to school, Crane briefly attended Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Trying to continue his career in the writing field, Crane attended Syracuse University in 1891 but unfortunately only finished one semester of schooling. When it came to having a love life Stephen Crane got the short end of the stick unfortunately. Mr. Crane fell in love with Lily Brandon Munroe, but “her family convinced her not to marry him” (Crane). While getting over his rough past with Mrs. Munroe, Crane became attracted to an Ohio girl named Nellie Croose, but she rejected him in 1895. After getting turned down by two women that he loved Stephen Crane became “involved with Cora Taylor” (Crane). Mrs. Taylor thou... ... middle of paper ... ...nd his regiment undergoing many difficulties and tight situations is what make The Red Badge of Courage one of Stephen Crane’s best novels ever written. The book shows that believing in yourself and your friends you can get through anything and all it takes is a little bit of courage. Works Cited Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. New York: Aladdin Classics, 2005. “Overview The Red Badge of Courage.” Novels for Students. Ed. Marie Rose Naperkowski. Vol.4. Detroit: Galoe, 1998. Literature Resource Center. Web. Feb.2, 2010 “Overview The Red Badge of Courage.” Novels for Students. Ed. Marie Rose Naperkowski. Vol.4. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Literature Resource Center. Web. Feb.2, 2010 “The Red Badge of Courage: Symbols” LitCharts, n.d. Web. 9 March 2010 The Stephen Crane Society. n.p., n.d. Web. 2, Feb. 2010.
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