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05-24-2005, 06:07 PM
What can I say. I found this novel one of my least favorites. I know there is a lot of deeper meaning going on in The Red Badge Of Courage, but does it have to be hidden under a ton of bland descriptions? A good book isn't defined by themes, metaphors, and symbols that portray life lessons alone. For one, it has to be enjoyable. There's nothing enjoyable, at least in my opinion, in reading a hundred or so pages of tedious imagery. Or maybe i'm just being biased, war stories aren't my thing. Still, I'd even say "A Farewell To Arms" is a better read, though not much better. Or maybe i'm just venting out anger that i have because i have to do a llloooonnnggggg, useless assignment on the theme indicators, literary devices, and character developments in this novel. One more paragraph to go...