Shortly after enlisting, the reality of his decision sets in. He experiences tedious waiting, not immediate glory. The more he waits for battle, the more doubt and fear creep into his mind. When he finally engages in his first battle, he blindly fires into the battle haze, never seeing his enemy.
Background[ edit ] Stephen Crane in ; print of a portrait by artist and friend Corwin K. Linson Stephen Crane published his first novel, Maggie: A Girl of the Streetsin March at the age of Maggie was not a success, either financially or critically.
Most critics thought the unsentimental Bowery tale crude or vulgar, and Crane chose to publish the work privately after it was repeatedly rejected for publication. There, he became fascinated with issues of Century Magazine that were largely devoted to famous battles and military leaders from the Civil War.
He later stated that he "had been unconsciously working the detail of the story out through most of his boyhood" and had imagined "war stories ever since he was out of knickerbockers.
He would later relate that the first paragraphs came to him with "every word in place, every comma, every period fixed. Because he could not afford a typewriter, he carefully wrote in ink on legal-sized paper, occasionally crossing through or overlying a word. If he changed something, he would rewrite the whole page.
An Episode of the American Civil War. McClurewho held on to it for six months without publication. Parts of the original manuscript removed from the version include all of the twelfth chapter, as well as the endings to chapters seven, ten and fifteen.
However, the contract also stipulated that he was not to receive royalties from the books sold in Great Britain, where they were released by Heinemann in early as part of its Pioneer Series.
Edited by Henry Binder, this version is questioned by those who believe Crane made the original edits for the Appleton edition on his own accord. He is comforted by one of his friends from home, Jim Conklin, who admits that he would run from battle if his fellow soldiers also fled.
The enemy quickly regroups and attacks again, this time forcing some of the unprepared Union soldiers to flee. Fearing the battle is a lost cause, Henry deserts his regiment.
In despair, he declared that he was not like those others. He now conceded it to be impossible that he should ever become a hero.
He was a craven loon. Those pictures of glory were piteous things.
He groaned from his heart and went staggering off. The Red Badge of Courage, Chapter eleven  Ashamed, Henry escapes into a nearby forest, where he discovers a decaying body in a peaceful clearing. In his distress, he hurriedly leaves the clearing and stumbles upon a group of injured men returning from battle.
One member of the group, a "tattered soldier", asks Henry where he is wounded, but the youth dodges the question. Among the group is Jim Conklin, who has been shot in the side and is suffering delirium from blood loss. Jim eventually dies of his injury, defiantly resisting aid from his friend, and an enraged and helpless Henry runs from the wounded soldiers.
He next joins a retreating column that is in disarray. In the ensuing panic, a man hits Henry on the head with his rifle, wounding him.
Exhausted, hungry, thirsty, and now wounded, Henry decides to return to his regiment regardless of his shame. When he arrives at camp, the other soldiers believe his injury resulted from a grazing bullet during battle.
The other men care for the youth, dressing his wound. The next morning Henry goes into battle for the third time.
His regiment encounters a small group of Confederates, and in the ensuing fight Henry proves to be a capable soldier, comforted by the belief that his previous cowardice had not been noticed, as he "had performed his mistakes in the dark, so he was still a man".
The officer speaks casually about sacrificing the th because they are nothing more than "mule drivers" and "mud diggers. In the final battle, Henry acts as the flag-bearer after the color sergeant falls. Facing withering fire if they stay and disgrace if they retreat, the officers order a charge.
Unarmed, Henry leads the men while entirely escaping injury. Most of the Confederates run before the regiment arrives, and four of the remaining men are taken prisoner.
The novel closes with the following passage:The Red Badge of Courage is a war novel by American author Stephen Crane (–). Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of ph-vs.comme with shame, he longs for a wound, a "red badge of courage," to counteract his cowardice.
The Red Badge of Courage is a war novel by American author Stephen Crane (–). Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Commonly considered Stephen Crane's greatest accomplishment, The Red Badge of Courage () ranks among the foremost literary achievements of the modern era.
When its publication was announced in Publisher's Weekly on 5 October , Crane was largely unknown. Although his volume of poetry published earlier that year, The Black . Archives and past articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and ph-vs.com The Red Badge of Courage is a story of a young man's journey to adulthood, over 48 hours of battle during the Civil War.
The use of color, religious, and animal imagery highlights the difference. Title color is not the only significant thing shared by Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage and Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, two wildly different American novels from different periods of the 19th century..
They also share a preoccupation with guilt in Red Badge Henry Fleming's guilt over not living up to his ideal of battlefield .