So you thought you were done with that teensy little The Red Badge of Courage, did you? Guess what? There’s more. Check the back of your book. See that little thing called The Veteran? It’s sort of an epilogue, and it clarifies the lens on which we should look upon Henry’s service.
Christine pointed out its presence in the comments of this post, but I wanted to make sure you all got the memo on this little tucked away secret. It’s so well hidden my husband taught this book to his 7th and 8th graders for years and had never noticed or read it.
My book says The Veteran was written two years after RBoC and is “often read as a coda” to Crane’s most well-known work.
Go ahead, read it, it’s only four pages or so. I’ll wait right here for you to finish.
Well, what did you think? Did you like knowing what happened in Fleming’s military career? How do you feel about his honesty? What about Jim? And the ending? And the color? And the bravery?