Views On Civil War Essay

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During the 1800s, most of society had a misconstrued thought of what war really was. The men got hyped up about the war through propaganda, banners, songs, and the excitement everywhere. They were made to believe that war was glorious and they would be made into heroes. Once men went off to war; however, they realized this was completely inaccurate. War was tedious and boring, lacking much action. Walt Whitman and Stephen Crane express their views on war through their writings. In Walt Whitman’s “A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim”, Whitman expresses his thoughts on the dreary war and in The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, he reveals his impression of war through Romanticism ...view middle of the document...

Stephen Crane includes Romanticism into his novel, The Red Badge of Courage, on many occasions. He shows how people saw war when he wrote, “The news- papers, the gossip of the village, his own picturings had aroused him to an uncheckable degree. They were in truth fighting finely down there” (Crane 6). Everybody was thinking the war was a fantastic thing; they all portrayed it as a clean, perfect, beautiful thing and that the men were honorable and brave. When the main character, Henry Fleming, was imagining himself during the war, “Swift pictures of himself … came to him--a blue desperate figure leading lurid charges with one knee forward and a broken blade high--a blue, de- termined figure standing before a crimson and steel assault, getting calmly killed on a high place before the eyes of all” (Crane 58). Henry pictures himself as a valiant soldier doing good for his country. “This voice of people rejoicing in the night had made him silver in a prolonged ecstasy of ex-citement” (Crane 6). Henry was imagining people cheering for him as he left for war. This shows how people made war up to be way more than it really was. This painted a false picture for men, which Crane proves wrong with Realism.
Crane expresses what life in the war was really like, “New Eyes were given to him [Henry]. And the most startling thing was to learn sud-denly that he was very insignificant. The officer spoke of the regiment as if he referred to a broom” (Crane 91). He realized that in war there was “a singular absence of heroic poses” (Crane 32); your actions were not noted; you were simply one in a few...

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