The Red Badge of Courage

what irony of shame does the youth experience in chapter 20? does he recognize this irony? why or why not?

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Henry’s character has endured its initial shock and is now prepared to complete its development from innocence into experience, from vanity into self-assurance, from cowardice into courage. The ensuing battle proves the testing ground for Henry’s character and enables the realization of this journey. Although he had run away during the battle, there is a camaraderie that seems to evoke the opposite of cowardliness.