The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

"The Red Badge of Courage" is a novel set during the American Civil War, focusing on a young private in the Union Army who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a "red badge of courage," to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the enemy, he acts as the standard-bearer, proving his courage. The book explores the themes of heroism, manhood, and the illusion versus reality of war.

The 280th greatest book of all time


Published
1895
Nationality
American
Type
Fiction
Pages
100-200
Words
47,000
Original Language
English

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