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What is an example of alliteration in the Red Badge of Courage?

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wawacc7 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 11, 2009 at 5:55 AM via web

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What is an example of alliteration in the Red Badge of Courage?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 21, 2009 at 11:30 AM (Answer #1)

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There are quite a few examples of alliteration that can be found in Stephen Crane's Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage. A literary device, alliteration is the repetition of the same consonant sounds in a sequence of words, most often found at the beginning of words.

One example can be found in Chapter 2. On the regiment's first march, Henry separates himself from the rest of his comrades as night falls, where

...from his present point of view, there was a halo of happiness about each of their heads...

In Chapter 3, "a flag fluttered." In Chapter 5, Henry "went into an ecstasy of self-satisfaction." And in Chapter 8, after Henry had turned and run and the long day had nearly come to a close,

The sun sank until slanted bronze rays struck the forest.

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