The Red Badge of Courage

What was your response to the ending of the novel?


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I like the ending of the novel. Henry survives but he is a much different person. Gone are the adolescent fantasies of the valour and masculinity of war. Henry goes into deep reflection about his experiences in battle. He considers his cowardice and his bravery, Henry is finally able to put his life in some kind of context. Henry is no longer the same naive boy who entered the army. He is more self-aware. He has matured beyond the illusions of a boy into a young man who understands life, death and heroism the way it really was; Henry has his "Red Badge of Courage."