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Feb 05, 2020
The Red Badge of Courage is a novel about a boy named Henry Fleming who has enlisted into the army during the Civil War with romanticized ideas of what it means to be a courageous soldier. Once Henry begins to see some action, he is like any other soldier on the battlefront--he is terrified of dying and killing. On the battlefield, Henry learns to gain courage and perseverance through the events he faces during the war. Henry faces many challenges based on his duties in the war, each being unique and difficult, but ending in some measure of triumph. I liked that this novel showed the gradual change of the protagonist throughout the story. I also found I could relate to Henry since he is around the same age as me when he goes off to war. I am also interested in war stories and novels, so this was a great addition to that genre for me. I would recommend this book to almost anyone as it has a good message for every reader. I would also recommend this book to those that are interested in war stories and the effects of war. Overall, I give this novel a 4.5 out of 5 as I was able to relate very closely to the character, and the time setting interested me and kept me connected with the novel. @Josh, grade 12, Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers