The Red Badge of Courage

In chapt. 5, How does Henry become a successful soldier? What does Crane compare him to?

In ch. 5

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"He was at a task. He was like a carpenter who has made many boxes, making still another box, only there was furious haste in his movements. He, in his thoughts, was careering off in other places, even as the carpenter who as he works whistles and thinks of his friend or his enemy, his home or a saloon. And these jolted dreams were never perfect to him afterward, but remained a mass of blurred shapes.

Henry becomes a successful soldier because he's working from necessity. He was terrified, with tears streaming down his face, second guessing whether or not he was ready and if his rifle was loaded. Once he saw the approach of the enemy he ceased being an unsure, untried youth and did the only thing he could do.

Crane compares him to..............

Presently he began to feel the effects of the war atmosphere--a blistering sweat, a sensation that his eyeballs were about to crack like hot stones. A

burning roar filled his ears.

Following this came a red rage. He developed the acute exasperation of a pestered animal, a well-meaning cow worried by dogs. He had a mad feeling against his rifle, which could only be used against one life at a time. He wished to rush forward and strangle with his fingers. He craved a power that would enable him to make a world-sweeping gesture and brush all back. His impotency appeared to him, and made his rage into that of a driven beast."


The Red Badge of Courage/ Chapter 5

Sorry, I somehow spliced my personal answer into the middle of the quote I gave you. I think you can figure it out!