The Red Badge of Courage

How does Henry achieve a balance between his valient public acts and his shameful private deeds?

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Henry is a dynamic character. By the end of the novel he sees life and war quite differently than he does throughout the book. I need to know if you are referring to Henry at the end of the book.

Hey, sorry. This is at the end of the book. Chapter 24 I believe

One of the great questions presented at the close of the novel is just how far Henry has come. Is he really a "man"? Is he a hero? Has he grown up, matured, attained wisdom? Critics and readers have been debating this for years without definitively arriving at an answer. That fact, of course, is what makes Crane's novel so fantastic – it provides endless fodder for debate and discussion and avoids an easy or pat conclusion. Ultimately, Henry grapples with his lies and sins but finds that he can put them behind him. He is mature and understands that those actions were from an earlier time and represent the folly of his youth. He is now "nonassertive but of sturdy and strong blood" (116). Crane may even be allowing Nature to smile down upon the young hero, as his last lines of the novel are: "Over the river a golden ray of sun came through the hosts of leaden rain clouds" (117).