The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

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What are some symbols used in "The Red Badge of Courage"?

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Color is also a very important symbol in the story. Red is associated not just with courage, as in the titular reference to battle scars, but with war in general. Red is, of course, the color of blood, and there's plenty of that to be shed in any conflict:

They were going to look at war, the red animalwar, the blood-swollen god.

Note also the use of animal symbolism here. This feels somehow appropriate as there's something profoundly animalistic about human conflict, something that takes us right back to our primeval origins. Crane develops the animal symbol on numerous occasions through similes: the regiment digs into the ground "like terriers"; Union soldiers run away "like wild horses."

Returning to the symbol of color, yellow is, somewhat predictably, used in relation to cowardice, always an essential part of any conflict. The dawning of a "yellow day" gives an indication of what...

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