He is ashamed when he joins the wounded, for he has not earned their "red badge of courage" and becomes enraged when he witnesses the death of his terribly maimed friend. In a confused struggle with his own army's retreating soldiers, he is wounded but not by enemy gunfire. In an effort to redeem himself in his own eyes, he begins to fight frantically and, in the heat of battle, automatically seizes the regiment's colors in a daring charge that proves him truly courageous.
The unnamed battle in the novel has been identified as that as Chancellorsville. While considered one of the most compelling stories of warfare of all time, Stephen Crane had never seen a battle when he wrote The Red Badge of Courage in 1895.
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Probably not, but I don't generally watch movies again, reread books, etc. I'd read The Red Badge of Courage twice before listening to this one though. It's a great story well told. I don't have a whole lot more to say about it other than if you are interested in the Civil War then this is one book written not long after the war that contrasts the imagined glories of war with the reality of the terror, boredom and waste of war.
Perfectly rendered and marvelously read. It gets no better than this. I highly recommend this book and this audiobook for any age.
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Not sure what to say about this that has not been said before. It paints a fairly realistic view of what battle was really like during the Civil War, but left me feeling like there was no conclusion to the story, and I started loosing interest around halfway through.
But never the less this book has great historical value and strips away much of the idea of "glory" in war.
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