Red Badge of Courage
        Physical and emotional pain is what the tattered solider
illustrates in the book.  The tattered solider pain comes from all of the
horrible things associated with war.  Him going crazy brings emotional
pain and the physical pain is brought on by the endu rances of war.
"There was a tattered man, fouled with dust, blood and powder stain from
hair to shoes, who trudged quietly at the youths side".  The tattered
solider also characterizes the toughness people can endear.  Even through
the harshness of war p eople will find something inside of them, overcome
it and not let it bother them.  The tattered solider goes out and lives
through the tough endurance's of war but he finds something inside of him
to live through it.
        The perfect solider is what Jim Conklin brings to the book.  Jim
never complains about war and fights as good as the next man.  Many of the
people look up to Jim because he is so strong willed.  The regiments
almost look up to Jim in a spiritual way find ing peace inside of them
when they think of him.  It is a tragedy when Jim dies because of all of
the moral inspiration he gave the regiment.  True to his character Jim
dies a quiet and peaceful death not distributing any of the regiment.
        Wilson represents the two sides of human nature.  In the beginning
of the book Wilson is a mean tough guy that no one liked.  This outward
act of being tuff is just a cover of the true nature of Wilson.  It is
natural for people to cover their true natur e in front of new faces.
Towards the end of the book Wilson starts to care about Henry. hen Henry
is injured and he doesn't try and fight the other men anymore. True to
human nature once times start getting more difficult and Wilson becomes
more comforta ble with his surroundings he transcends into the calm
compassionate person he really is.
        All of the characters in the Red Badge of Courage represent some
aspect of man either physically or emotionally.  This connection between
the characters and the reader make the book true to life and more
believable. Since the characters feel so real, phy sically and
emotionally, the reader has an easier time relating to them.
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