The Red Badge of Courage

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When Henry returns to his regiment, it is clear that a sense of brotherhood has developed among the members of the unit. Why do such feelings develop among soldiers? Are there any circumstances in today’s world (other than war), where similar feelings can develop? Explain.

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It is often said that soldiers have two families, they have their civilian family and their army family. Comrades in arms under the constant threat of death bond people together in a way nothing else can. Most soldiers would willingly give their lives for each other. I don't see anything more intense than war that could bond strangers so closely. Certainly natural disasters can bring out the best and worst in people but war is a different beast altogether. I think it was Tim O'Brien (writer of Things They Carried) who said that a soldier may hate another soldier but each would gladly give their life for the other.