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Red Badge of Courage

 

Physical and emotional pain is what the tattered 
solider illustrates in the book. The tattered solider pain 
comes from all of the horrible things associated with war. 
Him going crazy brings emotional pain and the physical pain 
is brought on by the endurances of war. "There was a 
tattered man, fouled with dust, blood and powder stain from 
hair to shoes, who trudged quietly at the youths side". The 
tattered solider also characterizes the toughness people can 
endear. Even through the harshness of war people will find 
something inside of them, overcome it and not let it bother 
them. The tattered solider goes out and lives through the 
tough endurance's of war but he finds something inside of 
him to live through it. 
 
 The perfect solider is what Jim Conklin brings to 
the book. Jim never complains about war and fights as good 
as the next man. Many of the people look up to Jim because 
he is so strong willed. The regiments almost look up to Jim 
in a spiritual way finding peace inside of them when they 
think of him. It is a tragedy when Jim dies because of all 
of the moral inspiration he gave the regiment. True to his 
character Jim dies a quiet and peaceful death not 
distributing any of the regiment.
 
 Wilson represents the two sides of human nature. In 
the beginning of the book Wilson is a mean tough guy that no 
one liked. This outward act of being tuff is just a cover 
of the true nature of Wilson. It is natural for people to 
cover their true nature in front of new faces. Towards the 
end of the book Wilson starts to care about Henry. hen Henry 
is injured and he doesn't try and fight the other men 
anymore. True to human nature once times start getting more 
difficult and Wilson becomes more comfortable with his 
surroundings he transcends into the calm compassionate 
person he really is. 
 
 All of the characters in the Red Badge of Courage 
represent some aspect of man either physically or 
emotionally. This connection between the characters and the 
reader make the book true to life and more believable. Since 
the characters feel so real, physically and emotionally, the 
reader has an easier time relating to them.
 



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