Day 1

The Red Badge of Courage Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How does the point of view of the story crucial to its developing themes?

    Strong answers will describe the point of view (3rd person). They may go on to argue how much of this is a limited or omniscient form of that point of view, and how this helps to develop a theme. They will also describe the emerging themes of courage versus cowardice, or honor. They will observe the ability of the narrator to share Henry's thought process along with his personal history (as a result of his reflections). This should include a detailed description of his ambivalence and doubts about his own courage. They should also describe Henry's opinions about the other soldiers, or analyze the...

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