Red Badge Of Courage Study Guide CD-rom

Red Badge Of Courage Study Guide CD-rom

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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 &quot;lurid with breathless deeds&quot; on the battlefield. He imagines himself &quot;a blue determined figure standing before a crimson and steel assault, getting calmly killed on a high place before the eyes of all.&quot;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&lt;br /&gt;<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 &quot;watch his legs&quot; in the midst of battle to see whether they stand firm or flee.&lt;br /&gt;<br />&lt;br /&gt;<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. &quot;The red formidable difficulties of war had been vanquished.&quot; Henry's &quot;ecstasy of self-satisfaction&quot; 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 &quot;in great leaps.&quot; 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.&lt;br /&gt;<br />&lt;br /&gt;<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, &quot;a red badge of courage&quot; to prove to his fellow soldiers, but especially to himself, that he is made of heroic material.&lt;br /&gt;<br />&lt;br /&gt;<br />Eventually, through much mental and spiritual agony, Henry learns to stand in the face of physical danger with &quot;an enthusiasm of unselfishness, . . . a sublime recklessness,&quot; that gives no thought to his own heroics nor to the opinions of others. He learns to despise the &quot;brass and bombast&quot; of his earlier dreams of war and glory. Instead he feels &quot;a quiet manhood, non-assertive but of sturdy and strong blood . . . .&quot;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&lt;br /&gt;<br />Interactive CD-rom.
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  • CD-Audio
  • 124.46 x 142.24 x 10.16mm | 68.04g
  • English
  • 9781586095994