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The Red Badge of Courage Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage is set in an unnamed battle of the Civil War (but it was most likely the Battle of Chancellorsville). The story was originally serialized in December 1894 and it soon appeared in the Philadelphia Press and other papers across the country. This version was often slightly different from paper to paper and did not include the last three chapters, ending with Henry and Wilson hearing the praise for their daring feat of capturing the flag. The novel has been subject to multiple film and television interpretations. The text is written in a strain of realism (with themes of naturalism) also taken up by Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, and Mark Twain in the late 19th...

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