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Stephen Crane (1871 - 1900) was a war correspondent, novelist, short story writer and poet. He is the author of Maggie, The Red Badge of Courage, George's Mother and The Black Riders. Ernest Hemingway on The Red Badge of Courage: "One of the finest books of our literature…it is all as much of one piece as a great poem is."

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 8
  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Union Books (September 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619491729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619491724
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JP on May 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
Red Badge of Courage Review
The book "Red Badge of courage is an excellent read and should be looked into by everyone. The story is about a young man named Henry who joins the Union army to fight in the civil war. To many this may seem like just another war story, but this one goes much deeper than just the fighting. Much of the book focuses on Henry and how he develops as he is faced with the different terrors of battle. Through the book the reader gets the opportunity to delve into Henry's mind and see how things are affecting him. At the First battle Henry breaks and runs away in fear thinking that he and his friends face imminent doom. Later on after escaping Henry finds his way back to his regiment but is ashamed at his moment of cowardice. In order to make up for it Henry fight and works harder than anyone else until finally at the end he morphs into a strong courageous young man.
Some major theme in this book are overcoming obstacles and the change from boy to man. Throughout the book Henry is faced with obstacle after obstacle which he is forced to overcome in order to survive. The second theme of transitioning into manhood is the main theme in the book. Henry begins as a hopeful young boy who joins the army seeking glory. After facing battle, fear, and his own cowardice Henry finally feels that he has become a man. He learns to overcome fear and pushes hard to try and make up for the mistakes he made. Throughout the book henry can be observed making the transition from boy to man making for a truly interesting read.
I would give this book 5 out of 5 because of how great it was. This was not only a story about war but a story about human development and a growing character. Furthermore this book has one of the greatest character developments of all time. All of these factors come together to form a true piece of classic literature that is a must read for all Americans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah M. Ruggles on January 15, 2014
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Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage is a short, but detailed fictional account of the gruesomeness of war and the struggle to prove your own bravery. The story focuses on Henry Fleming, an 18 year old boy with the desire and drive to join the military despite his mother's protestations.

The private has rose-colored visions of war and of his own bravery. All of these visions are shattered when Henry finds himself fleeing the battle. Ashamed of his own shortcomings and fear, Henry returns to his regiment and is pleasantly surprised when his desertion is not recognized. Henry finds himself introspective and he wonders at his own cowardice.

Although Stephen Crane himself had no experience in war, The Red Badge of Courage is hailed as an accurate description of the horrors of war. I found it interesting. Rarely does a war novel focus on the fears and cowardice of man, they usually focus on the bravery involved and the honor in dying during battle. Interesting subject matter, nothing really noteworthy, though.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon C on April 11, 2013
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The Red Badge of Courage is a great book that kept me thinking. Henry joins the army anxious and excited to be in it. His regiment had no action for the first little time in the army. His regiment then finally gets called to battle and he gets his first taste to battle. As the battle gets going he starts to blame the government for him being in the army saying he never wanted to be in it in the first place. The battle goes on and one of his friends dies in the middle of the battle and tells him to give his folks a yellow envelope. He then retreats with some other men because they feel the battle is lost. He then hears his regiment won the fight and goes with another regiment because he can't find his. He then meets a tattered traumitized man who he tries to talk to but just leaves him. He then gets in a fight with the other regiment and gets shot in the head. At the end of the fight a man sends him back to his original regiment. He later hears that they fight like "mule drivers" and are being sent into a tough battle. They win this battle but don't press against the enemies retreat and are then mocked because of it. They then go into a final battle.
I liked this book because of the deep thoughts it gives you while reading. It isn't just for deep thinking though it also keeps you entertained with good fighting and action in it. My favorite part was when Henry gains a huge respect for the flag and does everything he can to get ahold of it. That part was really exciting and I liked the way he wrote that part in particular. My favorite character was the tattered man because even though he wasn't in the story very long he seemed to know a lot about war. The tattered man also said some things that were spot on with what happened.
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The book started off a little slow when it was just talking about Henry Fleming and his life before he was deployed in the Union army. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane writes about how soldiers acted in the civil war and how they acted during battle. When the battle started it was a true test of character and (like in the title) courage.

The book starts off when it tells of Henry at his originally stationed position near his family. They move out to fight in the first battle of the war. This is where young Henry first realizes that war is a bloody and gory thing. He ran without firing a shot after he saw most of the battle. He ran and ran until he found another regiment. In his second battle he fires his first shot and he starts fighting more and more. After the fight he saw all the soldiers who survived walking back, most with wounds and bandaged arms. Those were their red badges of courage, leading Henry to search for his own. During his journey he deserted again and tried to convince himself that he didn't need the badge to be respected. While he subconsciously knows that it is the only reason he is still fighting. Then in his final fight he stays and fights. Near the end of the fight, he was shot. Luckily for him it didn't hit anything major, leaving him to go to the medical tent and get his badge of courage patched up.

The book tries to give the message that you will never achieve something without work. He goes off and fights in some of the battles but he doesn't really fight until his last stand. This is when he achieved his goal. One thing that I liked in this book is the description of the battles. They paint a description in your head of how the soldiers thought when they were fighting.
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