Stephen cranes literary techniques in the red badge of courage

The Red Badge of Courage

Just as the troops experience the dreadful wait, the reader feels the same emotions that all the soldiers are feeling. A Girl of the Streets. In despair, he declared that he was not like those others.

Crane employs similes and personification to draw pictures of soldiers and their weapons. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Crane was the youngest in a family of fourteen children.

Johns River and less than 2 miles 3. Recalling this feat, he wrote that it "sounds like the lie of a fond mother at a teaparty, but I do remember that I got ahead very fast and that father was very pleased with me. The rifles being fired released "beams of crimson fire," and "the blue smoke-swallowed line curled and writhed like a snake stepped upon".

Lee and the battle just before the horrors of Gettysburg.

Stephen Crane

Death[ edit ] Rent on Ravensbrook had not been paid for a year. In Chapter 11, Crane uses metaphoric language to describe both the enemy and war in several ways, including "The steel fibers had been washed from their hearts," the enemy is the "dragon," "They [the enemy] charged down upon him [Henry] like terrified buffaloes," and war is "the red animal, the blood-swollen god.

Henry and his friend Wilson lead the charge to overwhelm an enemy position, taking the enemy flag and several prisoners. Critic Sergio Perosa, for example, wrote in his essay, "Stephen Crane fra naturalismo e impressionismo," that the work presents a "symbiosis" of Naturalistic ideals and Impressionistic methods.

A Girl of the Streets is also acclaimed as an important work in the development of literary Naturalism, and his often-anthologized short stories "The Open Boat," "The Blue Hotel," and "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" are among the most skillfully crafted stories in American literature.

His regiment encounters a small group of Confederates, and in the ensuing fight Henry proves to be a capable soldier, comforted by the belief that his previous cowardice had not been noticed, as he "had performed his mistakes in the dark, so he was still a man".

I am proud of this simply because the remoter people would seem more just and harder to win. Menckenwho was about 15 at the time. The regiment is sometimes identified as a person, sometimes a monster, and sometimes a reptile.

Crane died on February 16,at the age of 60; Stephen was eight years old. Although not widely known, this volume of free verse foreshadowed the work of the Imagist poets with its concise, vivid images. Yet the youth smiled, for he saw that the world was a world for him, though many discovered it to be made of oaths and walking sticks.

Crane concludes the novel with a series of color images to support the various stages of thinking that Henry experienced on the walk back to the camp. Edited by Henry Binder, this version is questioned by those who believe Crane made the original edits for the Appleton edition on his own accord.

Critics would later call the novel "the first dark flower of American Naturalism" for its distinctive elements of naturalistic fiction. He is comforted by one of his friends from home, Jim Conklin, who admits that he would run from battle if his fellow soldiers also fled.

According to Crane, Maggie "tries to show that environment is a tremendous thing in the world and frequently shapes lives regardless.

The horse metaphor works very well for a regiment that has just run across a battlefield. Crane attended a quasi-military prep school and a handful of unsuccessful years at college, but left school seeking real-world experiences as an adventurer and writer.

In Chapters 17 through 19 Crane makes use of color imagery to bring the battle alive visually. Examples include, "The clouds were tinged an earthlike yellow in the sunrays and in the shadow were a sorry blue" and the flag was "sun-touched.

There, he became fascinated with issues of Century Magazine that were largely devoted to famous battles and military leaders from the Civil War. At the same time that Crane describes the ugliness of war metaphorically, Crane also uses descriptive vocabulary words and figures of speech to highlight the beauty of nature in the midst of death and destruction.

He was already fatally ill with tuberculosis. Travel and hard-living took their toll and Crane died young, at 28, of tuberculosis. His vision of life as warfare is uniquely rendered in this short, essentially plotless novel.

Tents sprang up like strange plants.

Sullivan County Tales and Sketches.Like Crane's first novel, The Red Badge of Courage has a deeply ironic tone which increases in severity as the novel progresses. The title of the work is ironic; Henry wishes "that he, too, had a wound, a red badge of courage", echoing a wish to have been wounded in battle.

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. Home / Literature / The Red Badge of Courage / Literary Devices in The Red Badge of Courage. Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory. Many have identified in Red Badge a discrepancy between Henry’s thoughts and those of the author.

Crane often uses exaggerated language to describe Henry’s. Crane’s Use of Literary Devices in The Red Badge of Courage. Stephen Crane was the first writer to realistically portray war, which had.

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The Red Badge of Courage is a war novel by American author Stephen Crane (–). Taking place during the American Civil War/5(). Stephen Crane: the realism of his prose convinced many that The Red Badge of Courage was a veteran's account of the American civil war.

Photograph: Bettmann/ Corbis Stephen Crane, born in Newark.

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