Return of the Mega-Post, Red Badge of Courage ch. 8, 9 and 10

*This version has been fixed, and the missing quote was put back.*

Let’s get started, first, quotes and stuff from chapter 8:

then he began to run in the direction of the battle. He saw that it was an ironical thing for him to be running thus toward that which he had been at such pains to avoid.

Here we see our youth, who is wandering around, notice a fierce battle begin. Overjoyed (didn’t he just run away from that?), he runs towards it. STOP. REWIND. We get a small hint here, that some people will notice, and others won’t. He had just escaped the war, but now is ready to risk everything and run right back. It says he noticed the irony. What I want to point out, is that it happens in our life many times, we will run away from something and say we hate it, but ever so quickly return with joy to be back. Should we have left in the first place? Some say yes, because if we never left, or if the youth had never left the war, then he would not have learned a lesson or appreciate being back. Others say that he, or we, never should have left, or should have appreciated being there in the first place. What do YOU think? How are YOU going to use this in your life. Be aware of what happens, and try to learn from their mistakes, or try to replicate their good deeds.

A little later in the chapter, a wounded soldier sings his grim parody of a nursery rhyme. Here is the actual song:

Sing a Song of Sixpence,
A pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie!

Here is the soldiers version,

Sing a song ‘a vic’try,
A pocket full of bullets,
Five an’ twenty men,
Baked in a pie!

What does this tell you about war, and how it traumatizes people.

He breathed a deep breath of humble admiration.

I threw this in here to show the youth’s heart is changing. He admires those who fought, and maybe feels shameful about leaving. This turning point is crucial in what will happen later in the book.

From Chapter 9:

The youth fell back in the procession…

At the big giving of the chapter, the first sentence, we see that our youth re-joined the army. Literally by just stepping in as he had earlier stepped out. The next paragraph states that he stuck out because he was in a total bloodbath, and he was without wounds.

“Where yeh been Henry?”

Exactly what the youth didn’t want to happen happened, he was recognized by a soldier who previously known him, who was, not only in shock, but shot. Henry was mortified. The youth decided to help his friend, which took attention away from him.

Bye bye!


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