The Red Badge of Courage

Chapter 22: Why might Henry's body be "revenge"?


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Henry wants to prove that he and his men are not what they've been called, that the insult of being called mule-drivers is untrue. He wants to prove it even if it means he has to die trying. His revenge is to prove them wrong no matter what.

Henry has resolved not to budge from his place. It is clear to him that his final revenge was to be his dead body, lying upon the field. The regiment bleeds profusely. Men are falling rapidly. Henry goes rearward. In the fray, he can make out his friend through the confusion. The regiment's fire is beginning to fade.