The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

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What is the climax, declining action and resolution in The Red Badge of Courage?

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In Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, the climax is reached in Chapter XX as the main character, Henry Fleming, overcomes his fear and with Wilson leads the 304th Regiment of the Northern Army to a most unlikely victory over the Southern "rebels."  Henry, no longer narcissitic and concerned only about himself, perceives himself as part of the regiment; he and the others seize the rebel flag along with their position. After this victory, the men's spirits are charged and they have regained their confidence and enthusiasm.  When some of the men tell Henry and Wilson that the colonel has praised their valor, they are encouraged and proud; their enthusiasm for battle is reinforced.  In fact, this praise strengthens Henry for the next battle.


In the ensuing battle, however, there is great loss of life; Henry finds himself lost to the...

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