The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

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What are some meaningful quotes from chapters chapters 16 and 17 of The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane?

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In the third section of Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage,while Henry Fleming becomes an experienced soldier and is respected by his fellow soldiers, he has learned that many of the obligations of a life can be easily avoided.  Henry has clearly also experienced a transformation. believing that "a stout heart" often escapes harm.  He imagines how he will return home and provide people with glowing stories of the war.

In contrast to this glorified vision, Chapter XVI points to the senseless of the battles in which the men are engaged. Henry's regiment is marched to an area where they are to relieve another.  As the men wait for battle, Wison lies down to sleep, and Henry cannot talk over the din of the guns:

But at last the guns stopped, and among the men in the rifle pits rumors again flew, like birds, but they were now for the most part black creatures who flapped their wings drearily near to the ground and refused to rise on any wings of hope. The men's faces grew doleful...

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