The Red Badge of Courage

what lessons of war are learned

chapter 21

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Once again, the men of the regiment are let down. Every time they are lead into battle, they feel that it is the climatic time. Henry especially has this view. He believes himself to finally be grown after the battle before. He did demonstrate bravery in carrying the flag; the narrator did describe him as a "man." Yet, in the view of others, the regiment still has more to go before it can be successful in battle. To merely be men is not enough. They still have not demonstrated enough courage. They can be satisfied with their actions as a regiment, but they need to further the greater cause of the army before they can truly be successful. They are beginning to learn that it isn't enough to act individually with valour but as a group if they are to really make a difference.