In literature, realism covers the period from the civil war the start of 20th century. In this period, many writers wrote fictions that painted an accurate picture of the lives of American people in disparate contexts (Pizer, 1995). This paper analyses realism in the novel, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.
The novel by Crane is an illustrious novel that presents real life in America in the 19th century. The novel revolves around Henry Fleming, the protagonist in the story (Crane, 2009). Crane examines the Henry’s attitude and mannerisms before he enters into a war. The author gives a vivid description of Civil War in America by use of a young soldier, Henry Fleming. Bendixen (2012) points out that Crane reflects a classic hero of realism in Henry, who is an ordinary man placed in extraordinary situations. Henry, the main character in the story, enlists in a battle, but psychological fear forces him to flee from the battle (Crane, 2009). The flight from the battle puts Henry in a mental dilemma. The author mirrors real psychological experiences of soldiers through Henry, the protagonist in the novel (Allermann, 2007). Crane presents realistic sequences of a battle by using imagery and ironic tones. Henry Fleming’s emotions depict a situation in a war. D’Ammassa (2009) asserts that the protagonist exhibits wild notions about a battle. Crane describes the Fleming’s atmosphere of the war as sweaty and full of sensation (Crane 2009). The description paints a real picture of fear during wartime.
Crane chooses Henry Fleming who is inarticulate and unsophisticated farm boy. The title, The Red Badge of Courage, opens with lines that depict complicating ironies. Although Henry Fleming delights in engaging in war while dreaming, the character dreads joining a battle. However, the protagonist changes his mind to enlist in the army all over a sudden when he ...Show more