Day 2

The Red Badge of Courage Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How is Henry’s inner conflict altered by the battle?

    Students should discuss what happens to his thinking as soon as the action starts. They should observe his perception changing from individual to group, analyzing the effect this has on his own personal struggle. They should look closely at the fact that he is impelled to act rather than just ponder or philosophize. They may look at the analogy of the darting squirrel as a reflection of that change from thought to right action. They should also consider his thought process after he runs as an intense development of his previous anxieties.

  2. 2

    What is the significance of the image Henry sees before the start of the battle?


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