The Character Transformation of Henry Fleming in The Red Badge of Courage

Xiaoguang ZHAO, Zhichun YANG


The Red Badge of Courage, written by Stephen Crane, is one of the representative works of American naturalism. It describes and evaluates the American Civil War through the eyes of the protagonist, Henry Fleming. This thesis mainly focuses on the character transformation of the protagonist, and it also briefly analyzes the reasons for his transformation.

Key words: The Red Badge of Courage; Henry Fleming; Character transformation


The Red Badge of Courage; Henry Fleming; Character transformation


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