The red badge of courage is a war novel by american author stephen crane 1871 1900 taking place during the american civil war the story is about a young private of the union army henry fleming who flees from the field of battleovercome with shame he longs for a wound a red badge of courage to counteract his cowardice. Directed by john huston with audie murphy bill mauldin douglas dick royal dano truncated adaptation of stephen cranes novel about a civil war union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle. From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes the sparknotes the red badge of courage study guide has everything you need to ace quizzes tests and essays. The red badge of courage is the story of young henry fleming trying to decide one very vital question run away as a coward and escape death or be an honorable soldier and rush headfirst into almost certain death in battle at the civil war front lines even though henry believes in the war effort he doubts his ability to be courageous because it would require him to ignore his survival instinct. Had finished the red badge of courage his best known novel about a soldiers experiences in the union army during the civil war he sold the novel for ninety dollars to be pub lished serially a few chapters at a time in a number of news papers the red badge of courage was published in its entirety in a book in 1895
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