[lit-ideas] Private Fleming: His Various Battles

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In a message dated 5/28/2014 12:40:51 P.M.  Eastern Daylight Time, 
lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes in "Falling on the  grenade and other 
Stephen Crane, though he never fought in the  Civil War, in his The Red 
Badge of Courage, is credited with perceptive insight  into this matter.  The 
soldiers believe they “ought” to be brave.  If  they don’t perform as 
commanded in an attack, then they were ashamed of  themselves, and if they have 
chance to redeem themselves by giving their lives  in the next charge, they 
may do it.  Crane’s “coward” turned “hero” didn’t  lose his life, but he 
was willing to lose it.   

Wikipedia entry worth checking out. This note I found of interest:
"Critic William B. Dillingham notes the novel's heroism paradox, especially 
 in terms of the introspective Henry's lapse into unreasoning self-abandon 
in the  second half of the book. Dillingham states:
"in order to be courageous, a man in time of 
physical strife must abandon the highest of his human facilities, reason  
and imagination, and act instinctively, even animalistically."
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