The Red Badge of Courage

As the column of men going the front disappears, Henry sees a large body of men running through the woods. Crane writes, "He knew at once that the steel fibers had washed from their hearts." What is the meaning of this image?

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The meaning of the image is that the soldiers, who were courageous and ready for battle were fleeing in fear from the enemy that faced them.


The Red Badge of Courage