Red Badge Of Courage Study Guide CD-rom
The Red Badge of Courage is set during the Civil War at the Battle of Chancellorsville, in May 1863. Henry Fleming, a green recruit, has joined the Union army to satisfy his longing for glory and heroism. Henry's mind draws pictures "lurid with breathless deeds" on the battlefield. He imagines himself "a blue determined figure standing before a crimson and steel assault, getting calmly killed on a high place before the eyes of all."<br /><br /><br /><br />Camp life, he soon discovers, is far less exciting than the army of his imagination. During long periods of enforced idleness, Henry is plagued by adolescent doubts: Will he distinguish himself in battle? Will he run? He longs for the fighting to begin so that he might be tested, might "watch his legs" in the midst of battle to see whether they stand firm or flee.<br /><br /><br /><br />Henry's regiment, the 304th New York, soon sees action in the field, staving off a fierce Rebel assault. When the fighting seems to have ended, Henry is elated that he has held firm; he has not deserted his comrades; he has passed the trial. "The red formidable difficulties of war had been vanquished." Henry's "ecstasy of self-satisfaction" is interrupted by a renewed assault by the Confederate forces. This second attack, so close on the heels of the first, unnerves him completely, and Henry runs from the battlefield "in great leaps." When he comes to himself, he has traveled far from the fighting. His conscience alternately torments him for his cowardice and justifies him for his act of wise self-preservation.<br /><br /><br /><br />When he falls in with a convoy of wounded soldiers, Henry wishes that, like them, he too had an external sign of valor, a wound, "a red badge of courage" to prove to his fellow soldiers, but especially to himself, that he is made of heroic material.<br /><br /><br /><br />Eventually, through much mental and spiritual agony, Henry learns to stand in the face of physical danger with "an enthusiasm of unselfishness, . . . a sublime recklessness," that gives no thought to his own heroics nor to the opinions of others. He learns to despise the "brass and bombast" of his earlier dreams of war and glory. Instead he feels "a quiet manhood, non-assertive but of sturdy and strong blood . . . ."<br /><br /><br /><br />Interactive CD-rom.
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- 16 Mar 2011
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