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An Episode of War

The surgeon is very dismissive of and unconcerned about the lieutenant’s wound, and seems irritated that the man has brought him more work to do. He treats the officer as though he is a child...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016 12:37 am UTC

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Crane's story is focused upon those elements of a battle that the ordinary soldier or field officer is not usually aware of, because they're in effect hidden from him. The lieutenant is wounded and...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2020 1:43 pm UTC

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The lieutenant's wound serves to separate him from the other uninjured men around him, and it becomes a reminder of just how quickly a sharpshooter's bullet can change the life of a man--how fate...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2012 2:09 am UTC

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The lieutenant is surprised that he is wounded, because he was not on the battlefield, but he is very calm. Every soldier knows that he might be wounded at any time in war. War is dangerous, after...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2015 1:43 am UTC

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In the short story "An Episode of War" by Stephen Crane, an army lieutenant is sorting a supply of coffee with his sword when he is suddenly struck by a bullet in his right arm. He cries out in...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 4:33 pm UTC

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Stephen Crane is rightfully famous for his ability to write stories that are excellent examples of Realism, not Romanticism. Realism tries to present life as it actually is, without glossing over...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2011 8:10 pm UTC

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I would tend to disagree somewhat with your implication that a Romantic writer would necessarily have dealt much differently with the events that constitute Crane's story. Romanticism was a...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2018 9:53 pm UTC

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I think that the level of tragedy and unsettling reality rises to a particular point when the soldier is confronted with the reality of losing his arm. There is something truly unsettling when the...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2013 12:17 pm UTC

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A basic chart can be established with three columns, each representing the required elements. I think that you might have to find some events that could be used. I would think that one such event...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2013 12:00 am UTC

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In "An Episode of War," one of the main factors the reader becomes aware of is the isolation of the men involved in combat. As in The Red Badge of Courage, Crane treats the Civil War generically,...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2020 3:05 am UTC

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When the officer is shot, the other soldiers "look at him with large eyes thoughtfully" but will not touch the lieutenant who is hit with a stray bullet because the randomness with which this...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2017 3:39 pm UTC

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Contrast is a key element in this excellent short story, and Crane especially uses ironic contrast to highlight the absurdity and meaninglessness of war and yet how it has such a profound impact on...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2011 7:31 pm UTC

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One example of the endurance that the Lieutenant displays would have to be when he sojourns through the battlefield landscape while carrying his injury. He is not deterred from moving through what...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2013 12:45 am UTC

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Crane's story is, like The Red Badge of Courage, a series of snapshots, so to speak, of the enormous conflict that was our Civil War. We are shown the action from a localized viewpoint, in which...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2018 6:31 pm UTC

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There are several different answers that can complete the sentence. One such approach would be that "Based on the description of the lieutenant dividing up the coffee, you can best make the...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2013 11:15 pm UTC

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There are three kinds of point of view: first person, omniscient, and third person limited. To determine point of view, look at how the writer presents his character(s). Does the narrator refer to...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2012 8:29 pm UTC

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One example of the animalist tendencies of human beings that can be seen in the story would be the landscape of war that the Lieutenant walks through as he searches for help. There is a savagery...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2013 12:14 am UTC

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The lieutenant in this story is shot in the arm. When the story begins, the lieutenant is rationing coffee out to the soldiers under his command. Unfortunately, he is struck in the arm by...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2019 3:46 am UTC

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Before being wounded, the lieutenant had been dividing portions of coffee for his men with the sword. Assuming he was right-handed, he was probably using the sword in his right hand. He was...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2011 5:08 am UTC

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"An Episode of War" by Stephen Crane exemplifies the author's Naturalistic beliefs as there is a certain detachment in the narration, an impersonal tone, and a sense of the indifference of the...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2017 3:33 pm UTC

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In "An Episode of War," Stephen Crane tells of an unnamed lieutenant who is wounded in the arm while performing the mundane task of dividing coffee for his troops. He wanders back behind the lines...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019 12:24 am UTC

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In the last three passages above, the violence that the lieutenant sees on his way to the hospital is characteristic of the grievous nature of war. However, due to his injury, he cannot affect...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016 10:25 pm UTC

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In this story, Stephen Crane gives more than three details to describe the field hospital; every detail he includes, however, is succinct and to the point, helping the reader envisage the hospital...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 10:40 am UTC

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The lieutenant ultimately has his arm amputated. As in so many of Stephen Crane's works, the Naturalistic theme is strong in "An Episode of War" as the soldiers are depicted as just so many...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2016 5:32 pm UTC

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In Stephen Crane’s story, the protagonist, a lieutenant, approaches a field hospital. Upon arrival, he encounters a physician who interacts with him using a rough manner. While the narrator does...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2020 11:56 pm UTC

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A big part of Naturalism is that it presents to readers the idea that the surrounding environment is completely uncaring for the general plight of mankind. Naturalism tends to do this through...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019 3:40 pm UTC

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The lieutenant's wound is a badge of honor that his comrades do not want to share in the Stephen Crane short story, "An Episode of War." While dividing coffee rations for his men, the...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2009 8:56 am UTC

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The lieutenant is unaware of how to react both to his injury and others' reaction to it. He is emotionally unclear as to what should be displayed. The lieutenant believes that he must display a...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2013 2:48 am UTC

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This is an excellent short story, and it will not take you much time to read it, so please don't use this summary as a substitute for reading it yourself. The story opens with the sight of an army...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2011 8:21 pm UTC

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"Is tragedy the result of excessive pride, or is it the result of a cruel twist of fate?" (http://www.enotes.com/tragedy-reference-guide/tragedy). This is an old question that perhaps never will...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2013 10:40 pm UTC

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"An Episode of War" was written by Stephen Crane. It is a vivid war story. The story is in part about a typical scene that occurred during the Civil War. An officer becomes injured, and he stumbles...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019 10:06 pm UTC

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At the moment of the lieutenant's injury, he is not developing intricate battle plans. He is not mapping out enemy strategy. He is not engaging in political calculations that will impact millions...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2013 2:34 am UTC

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Author Stephen Crane definitely does not shy away from "telling like it is." As a realism and naturalism writer, this is key to his overall storytelling. His stories often tell of a person's great...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2019 2:43 pm UTC

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In the midst of the horror that Crane depicts, I think that the struggle for the soldier to keep his arm is one of the most unsettling parts of the story. The opening of the soldier rationing out...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2013 5:26 pm UTC

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As in all wars, in the US Civil War, the class structure of society had a bearing upon the way both the political and military actions were carried out. On both sides, the enlisted men, and many of...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019 12:24 am UTC

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All of these wonderful words convey a growing sense of chaos as the company of soldiers finds itself under attack. The lieutenant has just been shot, and the men in his company are frantically...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2019 7:45 am UTC

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An excellent book on Civil War battlefield conditions which quotes many primary sources is Debris of Battle: The Wounded at Gettysburg by Gerard A. Patterson. Stephen Crane's own extensive...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2019 8:58 pm UTC

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I don't actually see regionalism as a key aspect of Stephen Crane's short story, "An Episode of War." The wounded lieutenant could just as easily be a Confederate soldier as a Union officer. (We...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2010 10:42 am UTC

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The first paragraph of "An Episode of War" is brief, and almost entirely descriptive; The lieutenant's rubber blanket lay on the ground, and upon it he hadpoured the company's supply of coffee....

Latest answer posted November 17, 2013 5:51 pm UTC

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The lieutenant gets shot in the arm while doling out coffee rations to his men. At first, he doesn't know he's been shot; he thinks that someone's punched him in the arm. But fairly soon he...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2019 10:40 am UTC

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This story begins with a Lieutenant rationing out coffee at his camp. As he's doing this, a shot rings out and his men see that the Lieutenant has been shot in his arm. Sluggishly and in a...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2009 12:46 am UTC

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In this case, it is more or less what it sounds like. It is a large sheet that you spread out on the ground to use to keep you dry when the ground is wet. I do not know if all of them were...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 1:50 am UTC

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The ending of the story helps to deliver insight into the potential outcome of the lieutenant's injury. The lieutenant's wife, sister, and mother weep at the sight of his deformity. He does not...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2013 11:59 pm UTC

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One could argue that the unnamed lieutenant's extraordinary bravery is an example of Americanism. Americans have traditionally expected their men to be brave, especially on the field of battle. And...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2018 9:14 am UTC

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The central action in Stephen Crane’s story shows that the events of war, like life itself, are fundamentally absurd. It is worth noting, however, that absurdism as a literary movement is...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 7:34 pm UTC

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"An Episode of War" by Stephen Crane begins with a lieutenant trying to evenly divide coffee rations to his fellow soldiers. We are told he is taking the task very seriously, and he is proud of...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2021 2:47 pm UTC

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