When does Henry talk banalities? When is he most pretentious? When does he seem to be rationalizing?

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Henry goes through many emotional stages during the novel, The Red Badge of Courage . At the beginning of the novel, he is nervous and uncertain, and it is then that he speaks in a banal fashion about seemingly unimportant things. He is at his most pretentious after running away...

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Henry goes through many emotional stages during the novel, The Red Badge of Courage. At the beginning of the novel, he is nervous and uncertain, and it is then that he speaks in a banal fashion about seemingly unimportant things. He is at his most pretentious after running away and returning to his unit, where they think he has received a head wound while fighting in the rear.He is thankful that his cowardice has not been unveiled, and he seems overconfident and almost cocky. He appears to be most rational after the second attack when his unit routs the Confederate attack. It is only then that he has done his duty honorably and faithfully, and he is satisfied with his actions.

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