The Red Badge of Courage
The Red Badge of Courage
by Stephen Crane
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The youth had resolved not to budge whatever should happen. Some arrows of scorn that had buried themselves in his heart had generated strange and unspeakable hatred. It was clear to him that his final and absolute revenge was to be achieved by his dead body lying, torn and gluttering, upon the field. This was to be a poignant retaliation upon the officer who had said "mule drivers," and later "mud diggers." […] And it was his idea, vaguely formulated, that his corpse would be for those eyes a great and salt reproach (22.18).

Is there a difference between this death wish and the desire to die that Henry felt early in the novel, after running away from battle?

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