The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

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Why does Henry enlist?

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Like many other young men of the period--in both the North and the South--Henry got caught up in the possible glory to be won on the battlefield. It would be a great adventure and he would serve his country like the patriotic boy he was.

Tales of great movements shook the land. They might not be distinctly Homeric, but there seemed to be much glory in them. He had read of marches, sieges, conflicts, and he had longed to see it all. His busy mind had drawn for him large pictures extravagant in color, lurid with breathless deeds.

However, his mother tried in vain to discourage him, but at last Henry made the decision to enlist. She cried as he left his home for what she worried...

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