Thursday, November 29, 2012
At the end of the novel, we have a golden ray break through the clouds, which we can see as the internal change within Henry. Do you think that he was redeemed at the end of the novel?
I think Henry was redeemed because he became selfless by charging into the battle in the front and not running from danger. He also lets Wilson capture the confederate flag and dosen't fight for it and try to be a hero or have all the glory. He also regrets his thoughts and actions with the tattered solider by leaving him to die, and thinking war was all about glory. After the last battle, he wonders if he and Wilson and himself were okay, not just himself. Henry has changed and he has redeemed himself, in that he no longer just cares about himself, dosen't just think war is about glory and honor, and regrets leaving the tattered solider to die.