Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage covers two days of intense battle scene. The third person limited narration reflects the feelings and fears of the young Henry Fleming. The story belongs to Henry as he struggles to find his courage and understand his role in his unit.
Crane uses several stylistic approaches to advance his story.
The imagery indicates the mental struggle in which Henry finds himself. He becomes intrigued with the dead bodies. Orginally, the youth thinks that a death in war was brave and glorious; however, he encounters the bodies in misshapened postures and ugly reality. This changes Henry. In his final realization, he no longer fears the dead men. Death is pointless.
When Henry finds the chapel created by the arching of the trees, he encounters an horrific scene.
Near the threshold he stopped, horror-stricken at the sight of a thing.
He was being looked at by a dead man who was seated…The corpse was dressed in a uniform that had once been blue, but...
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