Before the battle

Before the Battle

by Stephen Crane from The Red Badge of Courage

Chapter I passage: Stephen Crane's classic tale "The Red Badge of Courage" examines a young Union soldier during the American Civil War. Henry Fleming wants to be a hero, but events turn out differently. In this passage, Henry is about to go into battle and is not sure how he will act. After reading the text, students will answer questions on the theme and the language.