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What color in the Red Badge of Courage is used the most?

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cballfans | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 23, 2007 at 10:33 PM via web

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What color in the Red Badge of Courage is used the most?

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jamie-wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted September 25, 2007 at 3:53 AM (Answer #1)

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Several colors are used symbolically in Crane's novel; Color in general is used to reflect feeling, usually negative or painful.  I don't know exactly which one is used "the most" but here are some contenders:

Red:  The title of course, referring to blood; Henry stood before a crimson and steel assault”; he “soared on the red wings of war”;

Blue:  Henry is a "blue desperate figure” and “a blue, determined figure”; the army was “a blue machine.”

Black:   “the black weight of his woe”; 

 

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