23 Mar

The Red Badge of Courage chapter XI

“A certain mothlike quality within him kept him in the vicinity of the battle.  He had a great desire to see, and to get news.  He wished to know who was winning.”

“Mothlike” a perfect, beautiful, terrible, descriptive word that expresses exactly what Henry Fleming is feeling.  Compelled to go closer and closer to the battle line where he knows he could be killed.

Stephen Crane, you’re good.

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Posted by on March 23, 2013 in The Red Badge of Courage


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One response to “Mothlike

  1. Christina Joy

    March 23, 2013 at 9:35 am

    He really is, isn’t he? His clever descriptions and analogies keep amazing me with their accuracy and originality. War has to be one of my least favorite subject matters, but he’s managed to make me enjoy this story immensely, and relate to it, despite all odds.


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