A newly enlisted rookie by the name of Henry Fleming battles his own wits as well as the attacking Confederate army in the fictional novel, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. Tormented by doubts of his own bravery, his fears come true, and he flees from battle. He runs from the scene only to be taken away to a day of weariness and struggles whilst making it back to camp. As the story progresses, he learns from his mistakes, grows out of his fears, and later turns out to be one of the bravest soldiers of all. In The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane, Henry Fleming is determined, curious, and brave although first fearful.
Henry is determined throughout the story. One example of his determination is when he first enlists to join the Union army. He puts his mind to it, enlisting against his mother's wishes. Another example is when he is hit in the head by the stock of a gun from another soldier, who is ...view middle of the document...
He wonders what is lying inside all of the gun smoke in the air. On another instance, he tries to stop a retreating cavalry unit to ask why he is galloping away. Another time, Henry hides in the bushes in order to hear what the commanding General is telling his messenger. He is curious as to what his regiment's next orders might be. Henry is truly curious in all aspects of his adventures.
Henry is fearful during the first part of the story. At their camp before they march to battle, Henry fears that he might run away from the battle. He asks around to see if others have the same fear, and it seems a few do. It consoles him a bit, but he still fears the embarrassment it may cause him if he runs away. After marching to battle, he stands his ground until the battle becomes risky. Henry fears the onslaught of enemy soldiers, and flees with several other soldiers from his regiment. After fleeing, Henry matures as he makes his way through the battlefield back to his regiment's camp. His fearfulness is left with his old self, and his bravery shines. After this change, in another battle, Henry marches ahead of all the soldiers as the color bearer. Most of the soldiers, out of fear, have stopped marching. Yet Henry continues marching on in accordance with the commands of his officers. Another example of Henry's bravery is during his next battle. He stands his ground and does not flee as he does in his first encounter with enemy soldiers. As many people do, Henry grows out of his fears and matures into a brave young man.
Henry proves to be consistently determined and curious throughout the story, and his trait of fearfulness matures to bravery. Throughout all his struggles he is determined to do whatever he sets his mind on. He is a curious young man, and ponders about many things during his adventures. Henry, typical of a new recruit, is fearful during the first part of the story. As he matures, his fearfulness is superseded by bravery, which shines through the later part of the story. The character of Henry Fleming is unlike the other soldiers, with qualities over and above which is expected. It is truly fitting that he is congratulated for his efforts after the battle.