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The Red Badge of Courage

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  • Sales Rank:11,790,587
  • Language:English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Pages:155
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.1
  • Dimensions (in):0.5 x 0.2 x 0.1
  • Publication Date:1987
  • ISBN:1559029838
  • EAN:9781559029834
  • ASIN:B000WB37DO
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Based loosely on the events of the Civil War Battle of Chancellorsville (May 2-6, 1863)-though neither the battle, the war, nor the armies are named in the book-The Red Badge of Courage shattered American preconceptions about what a war novel could be. In the decades before Crane's novel, most fiction about the Civil War was heavily idealistic, portraying the conflict as a great clash of opposed ideals. Whereas previous writers had taken a large, epic view, Crane focused on the individual psychology of a single soldier, Private Henry Fleming, during his first experiences of battle. In this narrowed scope, Crane represents Henry's mind as a maze of illusions, vanity, and romantic naïveté, challenged by the hard lessons of war. Crane does not depict a world of moral absolutes, but rather a universe utterly indifferent to human existence

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