Book #20: The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage

by Stephen Crane

The Red Badge of Courage tells the story of an AWOL Civil War soldier, a private in the Union army. Filled with guilt over his decision to escape the terrors of war, he seeks a wound, a “red badge of courage,” to remove the stain of his cowardice. Although Crane describes scenes of war with vivid detail, the focus of the book is on the inner, psychological struggle of a conflicted individual.

For the reading project, I will use an electronic edition of The Red Badge of Courage. At my standard font size, the book is a relatively quick 109 pages long.

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