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Red Badge of Courage Book Report

By: Adam Moore

The main point in The Red Badge of Courage is Henry Flemings

fear about how he will do in his first skrimish in the Civil War. Henry was a young man who lived on a farm with his mother. He dreamed about what fighting in a war would be like, and dreamed of being a

hero. He dreamed of the battles of war, and of what it would be like to fight in

those glorious battles. His mother was wise and caring. She did not want him to

go to war. She gave him hundreds of reasons on why he was needed on the

farm and not in the war. He didn't want to stay in the farm and do nothing, so he

enlisted in the miliatary.

After joining he found himself, with nothing to do. He became friends

with two other soldiers, John Wilson and Jim Conklin. John was an

obnoxious soldier, but he becomes one of Henry's best friends. Jim was tall, he was

a childhood friend of Henry's. They all were exiceted about going to war.

They started marching. After a few days Henry realized that they were

going around in circles. They just continued marching without a reason.

During this time Henry starts to think differently about war. He

becomes scared about running away from a battle. Lieutenant Hasbrouck, a

young lieutenant of Henry's regiment was an extremely

brave man. He, unlike the other officers, cared about and defended his troops

performance, and made sure that they got the recognition they deserved. He

was a true leader and Henry and John wanted to be just like him.

After a while, they finally discover a battle taking place. Jim gives Henry

a yellow envelope with a packet inside. He is sure that he will die, and says

that this will be his first and last battle. The troops manage to hold off the

rebels during the first attack, but the rebels came back again and

again with more reinforcements driving the soldiers back. Henry becomes scared,

confuse, and goes into a trance when he sees his forces backing down. He

finally gets up and starts to run like a "chicken", who has lost the direction of

safety. After he has run away he starts to think about his


At first he thinks of himself as a coward for running, and later he feels

that he was just saving himself for later. He thinks nature does not want him to

die, eventhough his side was losing. He believed he was intelligent to run, and

hopes he will die in battle to spite.

Henry, still running, is met by a soldier and he comes upon Jim who has

been wounded badly. He does not complain about his pain, but asks Henry to

move him out of the road, so that he is not run over by artillery wagons. Even in

his pain, he is concered about Henry and asks how he is feeling. As his death

grew nearer,



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