The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

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Being a Civil War enthusiast and historian, I recognize Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage as one of the finest fictional novels about the conflict. Its combination of realism and naturalism--especially within the psychological contexts--is one of the novel's strong points. I like Crane's purposeful use of vagueness throughout: The name of the battle is never given (it is supposedly the overwhelming Confederate victory at Chancellorsville); and the men, though given vivid characterizations, are nonetheless addressed by nicknames. The dialogue, though often sparse, is realistic. Perhaps the...

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I like it because of many reasons. They are:

1. The idea of a young boy braving all odds and going to war.

2. How Crane develops Henry throughout the course of the story.

3. How Crane has made it as realistic as he can, and how it sticks to a theme, and doesn't switch around.

4. The realistic battle scenes and the true fact mixed in with great fiction.

5. The names of real regiments and real battles.

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