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A major contribution to both the American canon and the literature of war, Stephen Crane's classic novel presents an indelible vision of armed conflict as witnessed by a young soldier. A stylistic achievement marked by its realistic portrayal of the brutality of battle, The Red Badge of Courage questions the cost of war in the face of individual human choice, while offering a penetrating look into the life and mind of a soldier. Esteemed scholar Harold Bloom introduces a new edition of full-length critical essays...
A major contribution to both the American canon and the literature of war, Stephen Crane's classic novel presents an indelible vision of armed conflict as witnessed by a young soldier. A stylistic achievement marked by its realistic portrayal of the brutality of battle, The Red Badge of Courage questions the cost of war in the face of individual human choice, while offering a penetrating look into the life and mind of a soldier. Esteemed scholar Harold Bloom introduces a new edition of full-length critical essays discussing this enduring work.
Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations, a series of more than 100 volumes, presents the best current criticism on the most widely read and studied poems, novels, and dramas of the Western world, from Oedipus Rex and The Iliad to such modern and contemporary works as William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury and Don DeLillo's White Noise. Each volume opens with an introductory essay and editor's note by Harold Bloom and includes a bibliography, a chronology of the writer's life and works, and notes on the contributors. Taken together, Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations provides a comprehensive critical guide to the most vital and influential works of the Western literary tradition.
Editor's Note vii
Introduction Harold Bloom 1
Stephen Crane: The Hero as Victim Harold Beaver 7
Henry Fleming's Heroics in The Red Badge of Courage: A Satiric Search for a "Kinder, Gentler" Heroism Mary Neff Shaw 17
Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage: Henry Fleming's Courage in Its Contexts Philip D. Beidler 29
Reading "Race" and "Gender" in Crane's The Red Badge of Courage Verner D. Mitchell 47
The Progress of Henry Fleming: Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage Max Westbrook 57
The Red Badge of Courage under British Spotlights Again Benjamin F. Fisher 71
The Red Badge of Class: Stephen Crane and the Industrial Army Andrew Lawson 81
"Heroes Had No Shame in Their Lives": Manhood, Heroics, and Compassion in The Red Badge of Courage and "A Mystery of Heroism" Michael Schaefer 99
Private Fleming's "Well-Meaning Cow": The Implications of Crane's Literary Style Perry Lentz 109
On Whose Responsibility? The Historical and Literary Underpinnings of The Red Badge of Courage Roy Morris Jr. 131
Posted February 25, 2004
The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane, is a story about a young boy who is a new recruit in the Union Army during the Civil War. Being new to the art of the war, he is inexperienced and confused about the effects of war. He envisions himself to be a great hero in his mind, able to fight off the enemy all by himself. Towards the end of the story, after the fighting, he sees things in a different light; he realizes that he is not a one-man army and that war is not always about heroics. I enjoyed The Red Badge of Courage for a variety of reasons. I liked the way that Stephen Crane keeps the main characters name secret and only referred to him as ¿the youth¿. This gives the main character a sense of innocence throughout the story because he is young and does not know the terrors of war that await him. Crane does this with all the characters in the story. He never gives them specific names, only implied ones, and refers to them in different ways, such as ¿the loud soldier¿ or ¿the tall soldier¿. This also gives the novel a sense of mystery because you can only tell a bit of the characters¿ personalities just by their given names. Another reason I enjoyed this book was the intricate detail Stephen Crane put into the battle fields and marching lines of wounded men. It gives you a sense of what it really looked like during the battles. This made the book slightly morbid, but I believe the Civil War was a morbid time, so I feel that this makes the novel all the more better. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history or adventure. The Red Badge of Courage satisfies the historians desire for more knowledge on the Civil War from the perspective of a soldier. The reader who enjoys adventures will also be interested in this novel because the Civil War was a very dangerous and adventurous time. Both readers I¿m sure will find satisfaction in their own interests.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.