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“He became not a man but a member. He felt that something of which he was a part—a regiment, an army, a cause, or a country—was in a crisis”. (Crane 32) Henry Fleming realizes that in war he is not a man on a mission but is a member of a crew on a journey, together. Everyone in war is a member of something, whether it's a ‘regiment, an army, a cause, or a country’. Each person builds a bond with one another when they are each sacrificing their lives side by side. In The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, Henry Fleming finds an unexpected bond with some members of his regiment and a share of humanity with each one. In the novel, Henry Fleming builds these relationships in the hard times of war him and others face. Throughout the novel Stephen Crane depicts the shared humanity and the brotherhood of war in The Red Badge of Courage.
In The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, Crane interprets the brotherhood of war through the feelings expressed by Henry Fleming. During the first war Henry is afraid and thinks about fleeing but “He felt the subtle battle brotherhood more potent even them the cause for which they were fighting. It was a mysterious fraternity born of the smoke and danger of death.” (Crane 32). Crane writes about how ‘a mysterious fraternity born of the smoke and danger of death’ this is more self-explanatory. Crane is saying how in the war, a fraternity, meaning brotherhood, of men is born from smoke and danger of death, which is war, death. Crane is revealing that there is a camaraderie that builds in war when you are fighting for your life with each other. However Crane talks about the ‘battle brotherhood’ staring off was subtle, meaning thin, but as the battle goes on, the brotherhood gets ‘more potent’, it ...

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...to blush by the humane acts. Crane reveals that there is shared humanity in war and the share of humanity in war is greater in war when it is unexpected.
A key idea is that war might be a horrifying thing but it also develops a bond between people the quickest way and constructs a share humanity between them. It might not be the same comfort people at home feel but it is there. The brotherhood of war is not the same as a real brother but it is stronger than anything including the cause. These bonds born in war, get stronger during war, and last even after war. The shared humanity in war is greater as it is unexpected when men are being slaughtered to find a humane act. As Stephen Crane shows in the novel, The Red Badge of Courage war is a terrifying thing but in its hard times there is share of humanity between the brotherhoods of soldiers that build during war.
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