The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

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Why is the war itself not even named in Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage?

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Stephen Crane's novel The Red Badge of Courage is the first novel of the War genre that analyzes themes at the battlefield from the perspective of the soldier, and not from the point of view of the machinery of war itself.

Rather than narrating as an omniscient but detached perspective, Red Badge enters deep inside the emotional and psychological chaos suffered by the young soldier, Henry, who is wondering what to do: save himself by escaping the war, or honoring the cause by fighting to his death.

This being said, the setting of the novel is the American Civil War. This is evident not only in the description of the conflict itself, but also because Crane is not shy to point out the...

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