The Red Badge of Courage

The author refers to the main character, Henry, as “the youth.” What purpose would the author have for doing so?

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Henry Fleming, identified as “the youth” is a newly enlisted boy with dreams of the glory of war. Calling Henry "the youth" is the most important indicator that this novel is centered on the evolution of Henry’s maturity and psychological development rather than a specific indictment or championing of war.