The Red Badge of Courage - Chapter VII Summary & Analysis

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Chapter VII Summary

Amazingly, the Union had won the battle. Henry could hear their cheers from where he stood. He felt betrayed in some way. He had run to avoid annihilation and wasn't saving himself the same as saving a piece of the army? If every man stood to be martyred, there would be no army. It was clear to him that he had acted according to some master plan. He thought about his comrades who stood blindly and thought himself to be a superior thinker in these matters. He was angry with them yet also pitied them. He pitied himself too. He had acted out of wisdom and righteous motives yet he had been thwarted by these circumstances.

Henry walked through the woods in agony and despair, his guilt rising and the thought of his punishment pushing against his brain. After he had walked awhile, the sound...

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