The Red Badge of Courage
is a novel about the Civil War
, and is probably the modern Trope Codifier
for War Is Hell
. The book is about Henry Fleming, a young soldier who flees a battle, but eventually returns to win the day.
This book provides examples of:
- The American Civil War
- Child Soldiers: A lot of soldiers. Henry, for example, is still in school.
- Coming-of-Age Story
- Deconstruction: War Is Glorious? Think again.
- Died Standing Up: Jim Conklin.
- Dirty Coward: Henry at first before Character Development turns him into a total Badass.
- Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Averted, since there is very little warfare actually shown; Henry is fleeing for much of it, and in the end he becomes a man because he doesn't want to fight any more.
- Jumped at the Call: Henry, without realizing what he's doing until he's too deep in it. Considering it's The American Civil War, there were probably lots more.
- Oh Crap: Many soldiers, including Henry, panic when the Confederates charge a second time. Also when Henry and Wilson overhear that their regiment will be used as Cannon Fodder.
- Title Drop: The title refers to an injury suffered in battle, though in Henry's case it was actually delivered by a panicking soldier from his own side who he was trying to dissuade from running after overcoming his own fear of battle.
- War Is Hell: But the courageous get a badge! (The badge you get is made of wounds and death.)
- Also this is the Civil War we're talking about, so wounds, death, intense pain and infection! JOY!