The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

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When the novel The Red Badge of Courage opens, why is the regiment despondent and Henry (the "youth") dissatisfied?

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The soldiers and Henry are despondent because the army has not moved.

At the beginning of the novel, many of the soldiers are tired of waiting around to move.  They have been in the same spot for too long and are getting antsy.  They also don’t feel like they know what’s going on.  They are lowly soldiers and are left out of the loop.

When the book opens, the Union soldiers can see...

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