Henry is a young man with romantic perception about the greatness of war. Against his mother wishes he enlist in the Union army. After weeks of no fighting Henry speedily discovered things about himself he never knew. Since Henry go to the Army all him and his fellow soldier have been doing is sitting around waiting and dreaming of their first fight. But Henry starts to wonder and to worry, what if he gets scared when faced with war, will he run and flee when the opportunity for battle finally arises.
He begins to feel uncomfortable and wishes he were back home with his mother on their farm. Also, he starts to feel insecure about how he will react in battle. He fears that he will run away in terror when the fighting actually begins. “He recalled his visions of broken-bladed glory, but in the shadow of the impending tumult he suspected them to be impossible pictures” is a quote that shows Henry’s insecurity about battle. Although filled with doubt, Fleming actually fights well during his first combat experience.
Henry starts out to be a rebellious teen wanting to join the army and gain the glory and recognition that comes with it. He fails to realize that fame and glory don’t come easy. He realizes that he is going to have to work for it and this is where his fear stems from. Once enlisted, Henry finds himself on the field of an ensuing battle. He debates if he will fight with his side, or run off into the woods.
Once he overcomes his fear, he is one step closer to becoming a helpful hand in beating the rebel army. Henry begins to think about what war is really like, and he comes upon a strong point when he asks fellow men in his regiment "think any of the boys'll run" (Crane9)? His fears cause him to run from battle. The men in his regiment do not help Henry because they are all o... ... middle of paper ... ... The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, Henrys urge for courage did not come to him at the beginning of the war but at the end.
After Henry runs away from the first battle he feels embarrassed because he didn't have a wound. No one knew he ran so he still had his pride and after that his attitude changed and he began fighting with no fear. Tom Wilson is another young sodier in the 304th regiment who is called the loud soldier. When he is in the tent talking to Henry and conklin he talks about how he will not run and take on the whole army on by himself. When he is in the first battle he tries to run but is caught by an officer and made to go back and fight.
The true heroes are not always the ones calling the shots, but the soldiers who courageously leave their comforts behind to fight on the fronts for their country, even if it results in their death. In All Quiet on the Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque, describes the journey of a young man named Paul and the struggles he endures as an effect of the declaration of World War One by his elders. Remarque develops the theme of how older men’s decisions of declaring war effects the younger generation by elaborating on how this declaration effects the younger soldiers’ physical physique and their mental wellbeing. After the declaration of war by older men, many schools across the world helped further the encouragement of younger generations participating in war through the use of schoolmasters and other students without revealing the dangers war can have on the soldiers physically and mentally. In Paul’s life, his school master Kantorek, glorified the war by withholding war realities by perching to his students that fighting for their country would result in heroism.
Henry was not only in battle with the enemy, the south, but he was also battling himself about courage. Henry have always dreamt of the battles of war, and of what it would be like to fight in those glorious battles. But, when the regiment was wondering around aimlessly, he started to lose some of his ideals of war, and started to become scared of running away from a battle. This was the turning point for Henry. He started questioning himself and thought about running away.
Consequently, when Paul goes home, he feels lost, and distressed around others. He wishes he had never come home. One day, after returning from home to the battlefront, Paul is hiding in to protect himself when an enemy soldier arrives. Paul panics and kills him. After killing the soldier, he’s frightened even more shows remorse to the dead body.
It also addresses the problems encountered by a soldier trying to assimilate back into the life of a civilian because of the mindset he must adopt to survive in the war. Finally, Remarque questions the purpose of war and the civilian’s responsibility to participate in it. The novel All Quiet on the Western Front presents war—not at its best, nor at its worst, but at as it is, and therefore, most troubling. The novel follows the life of Paul Bäumer, a young soldier in World War I. After joining the German army and experiencing the horror of the war first-hand, Bäumer struggles to reconcile the view of the war held by his friends and family at home with his personal experience of it.
The Red Badge of Courage is a novel by Stephen Crane about a young man by the name of Henry Fleming, who decides, against his mother’s will, to enlist in the army during the Civil War. Henry has tremendous aspirations to become a fearless and respected war hero who isn’t afraid to stare death in the face. However, Henry soon finds out that the trials and tribulations of war are far more real than he could ever have imagined. When faced with the reality of combat, Henry quickly realizes that he wasn’t as prepared for the fight as he had anticipated. In short, the theme of this novel is that for some, bravery or courage comes naturally, while for others it comes through experience and exposure.