Following the experiences of 19-year-old Henry Fleming, a recruit in the American Civil War, the story is about the meaning of courage. One of the most influential American anti-war stories ever written.
as you like. All you got to do is sit down and wait as quiet as you can. Then pretty soon you'll find out I was right."
His comrade grunted stubbornly. For a moment he seemed to be searching for a formidable reply. Finally he said: "Well, you don't know everything in the world, do you?"
"Didn't say I knew everything in the world," retorted the other sharply. He began to stow various articles snugly into his knapsack.
The youth, pausing in his nervous walk, looked down at the busy figure. "Going to be a battle, sure, is there, Jim?" he asked.
"Of course there is," replied the tall soldier. "Of course there is. You jest wait 'til to-morrow, and you'll see one of the biggest battles ever was. You jest wait."
"Thunder!" said the youth.
"Oh, you'll see fighting this time, my boy, what'll be regular out-and-out fighting," added the tall soldier, with the air of a man who is about to exhibit a battle for the benefit of his friends.
"Huh!" said the loud one from a cor
This novel might be considered as one of the best novel of the dawning twenty first century. Crane, though had never smelled the civil war, was able to account in full details the feeling of a recruit excited to fight in the war.
as novel progressed, the protagonist, Fleming, who was a newbie experienced a lot of mix feelings. he had felt fear when he saw a dead man leaning against a tree. he saw his comrades falling as the shots of guns progressed, and he once retreated and ran away from the battle. yet, his heart was on proving his valor and courage that he once found himself again on the battleground - advancing, moving and fighting courageously the enemies.
likewise with his superb story telling ability, for me, Crane was not the new Tolstoy. in fact, he is even greater than him.