The Red Badge of Courage

By: Stephan Crane

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Setting

The location and exact time of which the story takes place is not specifically stated anywhere in the book. We do know however that the setting of the book is a civil war battlefield and that the time period is sometime during the civil war.

Main Conflict

The main character, Henry, wants to fight in the civil war to become a war hero but when he goes to fight he realizes how scary war really and he runs away. He has an internal conflict with himself throughout the book about whether or not he should stay and fight. In the end though he comes back, finds his courage, and realizes that somethings are worth fighting for.

Main Character

Henry is a teenage boy who is also the main character in Red Badge of Courage. The whole book is told from his point of view and all of the thoughts that are not directly stated to be someone else's thoughts are his.