Before he can go on to fight in battle, the army puts him in a battle to see if he runs away from fight or not. The northern army is finally put on the move and marched across the river, where they meet with Southern forces. Henry's regiment takes a reserve position, so Henry gets to see a battle before going in to an action himself. Finally his regiment drives back the enemy and Henry feels a joy of success. Then enemy charges again, but Henry flees thinking his regiment will be overrun by the enemy.
To begin, the story starts out with a huge debate between the soldiers. One boy had heard a rumor that the regiment would be moving on to fight a battle the next day. Some of the soldiers agree with this boy. Others think that their regiment will never go into a real battle. While watching this argument, Henry, the protagonist, decides that he would rather go lay down and think rather then take part in the heated argument between the soldiers.
The Red Badge of Courage takes place during the Civil war and begins with a soldier named Jim Conklin returning back to his regiment to inform them that they might go into battle any day now. The main character of the story Henry Fleming who was recently recruited in the 304th regiment begins to worry about how brave he really is since he has never really been in battle before. The main reason he joined the army was for the honor and glory that came after the battle but he never really analyzed what it took to gain all the glory and honor that he wanted to obtain. The regiment marches for several days until they are finally faced with a real engagement by the enemy ( confederate soldiers). Henry is surrounded by his fellow union soldiers, so he begins to fire his gun as the other members of the regiments but ultimately he scared in the midst of battle.
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 in literature to actually desert his fellow soldiers in the field. While Henry is separated from his fellow soldiers, he wanders through the forest. There he experiences the kind of illusions that predominate in all of the writings of Crane (WAH 642). First he tells himself that nature does not blame him for running.
When he is in the first battle he tries to run but is caught by an officer and made to go back and fight. His attitude changed from being confident to being scard of fighting. Jim conklin is also a soldier in the 304th regiment who talks with Henry and tom. When Conklin was talking to Henry and Wilson about how they felt about fighting their first battle, he says that he will run if he sees everyone else running. He is the only one to admit to everyone that he is scared about fighting.
Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet in the Western Front expresses the emotions and physical states that soldiers experience in battles. The novel illustrates great struggle that Paul, a young soldier that voluntarily enrolled in war has to go through in order to survive. Eager and ready to join Paul sees the horror of war. In contrast, Joseph Boyden tells a story between two best friends that join the war and become professional snipers. Elijah and Xavier, growing up from a native culture, Xavier strictly follows his native beliefs while Elijah loses knowledge of his native background and adapts to the white culture.
This part plays a big toll in Richies thought process of Vietnam. platoon leader, Lieutenant Carroll, is killed during a combat mission. Richie then returns to his old company and finds himself in a new kind of mission. They are to defend the friendly village they’re giving supplies to so the Vietcong can’t take the supplies. During this mission a firefight breaks out and the platoon leader Lieutenant Carroll is killed.
During the Civil War, a Union regiment rests along a riverbank, where they have been camped for weeks. The tall soldier Jim Conklin spreads a rumor that the army will soon march. Jim is a man who is very sure of himself and his own opinions. Henry Fleming, a recent recruit with the 304th regiment, worries about his courage, thinking that if he were ever to see a battle, he might run. Henry joined the army because he was drawn to the glory of military conflict, but since he joined, all the army has done is wait.
His regiment gives him the glory he wanted, but under false circumstances. In the following days, another battle takes place. Henry fearing again what his regiment would think of him has to stay and fight. Henry is so into keeping the origin of his wound hidden that he stands behind a tree and fires shot after shot towards the army. He continues to fire after the rebels had retreated; another soldier had to stop him.
In Erich Maria Remarque’s, “ All Quite In The Western front”, he tells a story about a young man, Paul Baumer, and his classmates, Leer, Müller, and Kropp, who voluntarily enlisted in the German army during World War I. They chose to enlist voluntarily after their teacher, Kantorek, made a very inspiring patriotic speech. But after a few weeks they regretted their choice. The barbaric training and the life in the front brought constant mental and physical terrors to the life of these soldiers. They no longer believed in the ideals of nationalism and patriotism that the teacher’s speech had inspired in them.