The Red Badge of Courage

Chapter 20: Early in the novel, Henry's mother calls him a "damn fool"? Has he done anything to disprove her? Explain.

I don't know who to thank anymore...

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No need to thank! In many ways Henry does realize how foolish he was when he joined the war. His view of heroism and adventure was that of a little boy's. Still Henry does change as a result of the war. He becomes a man with insight and passion. So, in a sense, he does prove his mother wrong. She was right about his initial reasons for joining but she couldn't have known that her son would live and be better man for it.