How does Stephen Crane interject his opinions about war through his character Henry Fleming in The Red Badge of Courage?

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Stephen Crane wrote The Red Badge of Courage with the intention of refuting the glorification of war. Crane’s classic novel represents two types of fiction writing: naturalism, and realism.  The author tells the story of the inexperienced Henry Fleming as he rifles through his rite of passage to manhood.

How do these styles impact Crane’s writing style?

Naturalism is a style of writing that portrays life in a detached, almost scientific manner. Crane’s naturalism describes his characters as controlled by the environment, the character’s instinct, and fate.  

Nature is indifferent to mankind. It does not have a personality, feelings, or attitudes.  It is this natural environment that Henry Fleming finds himself facing what the natural world places before him.

Without actually giving authorial commentary, the reader learns what Crane believes about war.  Through the naturalistic approach to characterization, Henry achieves the goal of hero on his own.

Crane offers choices to Fleming....

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