When the soldier next to him drops his rifle and runs, Henry's ability to reason vanishes, and he runs.He abandons any thoughts of honor and duty and sinks into a state of total self-concern and immaturity.His thoughts jump from longing for home to conjuring up monster images to describe common occurrences. Henry's doubts continue as he reacts to his environment — both the land and the people.
When the soldier next to him drops his rifle and runs, Henry's ability to reason vanishes, and he runs.He abandons any thoughts of honor and duty and sinks into a state of total self-concern and immaturity.
Henry's accidental head wound is not the red badge of courage that he longs to acquire; rather, it becomes a shield that he uses to protect the lies he has built around himself.
Henry only begins to emerge from his shell of self-absorption and fear when he recognizes Wilson's weakness in giving him a bunch of letters to hold.
Henry moves from a state of euphoria after repelling the enemy's charge in the first battle to a state of panic at the beginning of a second battle.
When the enemy charges, Henry's fears take control.