Henry Fleming Journey

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Stephan Hundley Essay #2 History 1877 December 8, 2014 “Even if the Civil War had not touched slavery, the conflict still would have transformed America. As the world’s first modern war, it mobilized the entire populations of North and South, harnessed the productive capacities of both economies, and produced battles that fielded 200,000 soldiers and created casualties in the tens of thousands” (Roark, 462). First, this paper will examine Henry Fleming journey which is about the civil war and Frederick Douglass’ journey which is about slavery. Second, it will look at how each of these characters earned their own red badge of courage. Third, it will talk about how their lives were similar and different and how each overcame their own…show more content…
Lastly, it will examine both characters instinct to survive, how it was depicted by both men, and how and why each acted in terms of both self-interest and also group obligation. Henry Fleming was a character in the book The Red Badge of Courage. He was a solider in the 304th regiment. He had to first face telling his mom that he wanted to enlist which she did not want him to do. “Later, he had gone down to his mother’s room and had spoken thus: ‘Ma I’m going to enlist.’ ‘Henry, don’t you be a fool,’ his mother had replied. She had then covered her face with the quilt. There was an end to the matter for that night” (Crane, 3). While in the war, he had to think if he was going to run or not. He was determined that he was going to fight but he ran and then he had to process what it meant to him to run. He was afraid of what people…show more content…
He was born in to slavery and never knew his family. “My mother and I were separated when I was but an infant-before I knew her as my mother” (Douglasss, 10). He had many masters and all were cruel in their own way. “Mr. Plummer was a miserable drunkard, a profane swearer, and a savage monster. He always went armed with a cowskin and a heavy cudgel. I have known him to cut and slash the women’s heads so horribly, that even master would be enraged at his cruelty, and would threaten to whip him if he did not mind himself” (Douglass, 12-13). The slaves living conditions were extremely poor. “I shall never forget the ecstasy with which I received the intelligence that my old master (Anthony) had determined to let me go to Baltimore, to live with Mr. Hugh Auld, brother to my old master’s son-in-law, Captain Thomas Auld”(Douglass, 30-31). Here he learned how to read and with time write. “Mr. Auld found out what was going on, and at once forbade Mrs. Auld to instruct me further, telling her, among other things, that it was unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a slave to read” (Douglass, 35). The fact that he learned how to read and write made it that much easier for him to know what was going on in the country and helped with him being able to successfully escape. This also made him aware of how unfair slavery was. It fueled his need to be free. During his time at Mr. Freeland he
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