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What the community says about The Red Badge of Courage
- "The Red Badge of Courage is a nice to read book I would consider it to be one of the best books for college bound readers. There are also many classics book that people should read before this one tough like Hamlet or Mark Twain books. I even remember the times that I first read The Red Badge of Courage, so it will be a nice experience for you if you have not read it yet."
- "I love to read early American novels. My favorite one right now is The Red Badge of Courage. It's a must-read! It's an 1895 book that is written from the perspective of a soldier during the Civil War. He narrates battles and talks about his life. It's really interesting and really dives deep into the life of a soldier. Strongly recommended!"
- "An extraordinary book for its time, Stephen Crane describes the intimate details and the innermost thoughts of a newly minted soldier on the front lines of a Civil War battlefield. With bullets whizzing about him, and thick smoke and corpses as a backdrop, Henry flees his first encounter with battle. As he wanders about in the aftermath, he struggles with his shame and seeks rationalizations for his cowardice. Was he not the wiser for having fled a battle that was lost? Does not an animal flee a predator when sensing the predator is a superior force? But then Henry discovers that his battalion actually won the battle, and he returns to it after suffering a rather ignominious wound. But his comrades assume he was shot in the head and consider him a hero. Henry is transformed and goes on to fight courageously, earning the admiration of his comrades"
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in What are the best war novels"This book is one of my all time favorites. It was written over a hundred years ago, but it is still relevant. It is exciting and terrifying, and a Crane does a wonderful job of taking you back in time and putting you in the horror of a war up front and personal. Absolutley mesmerizing."
- "I love war stories and this was an interesting read, having to think about being thrown into battle with no experience and thinking, "how would I react and respond emotionally" as a human with no concept of what it's like out there on the front line. Fun read and can make for some really good essays exploring all kinds of concepts. "