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A Mystery Of Heroism Summary

What is a summary of "A Mystery of Heroism" and some symbolism?

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Stephen Crane  describes in the short story, Mystery of Heroism, why a young man would risk his life to get two buckets of water. In the beginning ofthe story the character, Collins, is cheered on by his comrades to get the water in the middle of a skirmish and he risks his life which is so precious. Crane describes the battlefield in which thousands of wounded and dying soldiers show what war is really like, death and destruction. Stephan Crane uses many symbolic ways to show that war is feudal and destructive.

The story shows that war is dehumanizing. In Crane's short story, he writes of a...

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irmastar93 | Student



the stories about a guy getting water, he risks his life and gets it, he brings it back to the other guys and they drop it on the ground on purpose. and they lived happily ever after.

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matt111 | Student

I am sorry to tell you kimfuji, but that is a terrible answer. Anyone who has made their self familiar with that story would know that you are quite off. Stephen Crane was not trying to show how war is dehumanizing and this man simply acted upon a joke from his commorades. It represents Collins as being a coward and someone who did not belong in war because he kept evading the battle. Sorry but anyone following her answer is absolutly crazy.

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lol1234 | Student

try looking it up on google.. ;)

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