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Red Badge of Courage


            In The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, Henry Fleming, a recruit with the 304th regiment can be considered a hero'. But what exactly is a hero? Well, this is how the American Heritage Dictionary defines "hero-:.
             hero (hr-o) n., pl. heroes. .
             A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life.
             I define "hero- as someone who has made a positive influence on someone's life.
             Stephen Crane defines hero' as someone who has overcome his fears. In all three definitions, Henry Fleming is a hero.
             Under the American Heritage Dictionary, Henry was a person who was noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his life. Henry enlisted in the 304th regiment during the Civil War, who fought for the Union. So, Henry was a hero, who fought for his country and became one of the regiment's best fighters.
             Under my definition, Henry was a hero because he made a positive influence on Wilson's life. Wilson was Henry's loud, soldier friend who sympathized with Henry. Both being new recruits, they shared the harsh experiences of war and gained the reputation of being the regiment's best fighters. In other words, they both depended on each other to get through the war.
             Most importantly, Henry was a hero under Stephen Crane's definition: he over came his fears about being in battle. Henry was not only in battle with the enemy, the south, but he was also battling himself about courage. Henry have always dreamt of the battles of war, and of what it would be like to fight in those glorious battles. But, when the regiment was wondering around aimlessly, he started to lose some of his ideals of war, and started to become scared of running away from a battle.
             This was the turning point for Henry. He started questioning himself and thought about running away. And he did. During his first battle, Henry became scared, confused, and goes into a state of mind where he saw his side losing.


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