The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

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By the end of the novel, does Henry successfully become an adult?

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At the beginning of the book Henry Fleming is naive about war and most other things, and fears being exposed as a coward worse than anything else. This is made even worse when he flees with his regiment. After suffering a head wound, though, Henry changes. He is no longer crippled by the fear of cowardice, and becomes self-confident. He becomes, as one scholar has observed, "a veteran." He even displays extraordinary bravery and leadership, saving his...

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