Should “The Red Badge of Courage” remain as a American War Novel?

Many people think that because Stephen Crane wasn’t alive during the Civil War the Red Badge of Courage is voided as a war novel. I am thinking of sides, and haven’t decided. To help me ( and many others) think about it, here are song points.

-Fiction knows no time (it doesn’t matter when he lived)

-The book is gruesome enough

-it is possible there would be no difference in the book, even if he was in the war.

-Starships were meant to fly

-The Author probably did his homework and knew what war was all about.

And these are a few reasons why I say the book should keep its current standing as a war novel in the American Library. Feel free to criticize me or add to my list in the comments.



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