Red Badge of Courage



Physical and emotional pain is what the tattered solider
illustrates in the book. The tattered solider pain comes from
all of the horrible things associated with war. Him going crazy
brings emotional pain and the physical pain is brought on by the
endurances of war. "There was a tattered man, fouled with dust,
blood and powder stain from hair to shoes, who trudged quietly at
the youths side". The tattered solider also characterizes the
toughness people can endear. Even through the harshness of war
people will find something inside of them, overcome it and not
let it bother them. The tattered solider goes out and lives
through the tough endurance\'s of war but he finds something
inside of him to live through it.

The perfect solider is what Jim Conklin brings to the book. Jim
never complains about war and fights as good as the next man.
Many of the people look up to Jim because he is so strong willed.
The regiments almost look up to Jim in a spiritual way finding
peace inside of them when they think of him. It is a tragedy
when Jim dies because of all of the moral inspiration he gave the
regiment. True to his character Jim dies a quiet and peaceful
death not distributing any of the regiment.

Wilson represents the two sides of human nature. In the
beginning of the book Wilson is a mean tough guy that no one
liked. This outward act of being tuff is just a cover of the
true nature of Wilson. It is natural for people to cover their
true nature in front of new faces. Towards the end of the book
Wilson starts to care about Henry. hen Henry is injured and he
doesn\'t try and fight the other men anymore. True to human nature
once times start getting more difficult and Wilson becomes more
comfortable with his surroundings he transcends into the calm
compassionate person he really is.

All of the characters in the Red Badge of Courage represent some
aspect of man either physically or emotionally. This connection
between the characters and the reader make the book true to life
and more believable. Since the characters feel so real,
physically and emotionally, the reader has an easier time
relating to them.