The Red Badge of Courage

Chapter 17: Crane slips into Henry's voice here. What is Henry's attitude? What words show that?


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Crane slips into the wildness of Henry's state of mind. There is no large metaphor that he gives flesh and life. There is only an opposing army, coming at him in his position with an energy he does not feel and cannot understand. This fills him with rage, instead of fear. While he thinks of them in bestial ways, as having "teeth and claws" and being "flies sucking insolently at his blood," they are still men of some type. This is an important change from the day before. Given that the force he faces is of men and not mythical beasts, Henry is more likely to actually be brave.