Stephen Crane wrote The Red Badge of Courage without ever having witnessed combat. However, his use of vivid imagery, color motifs, and his ability to describe the emotional highs and lows of an insecure soldier have earned the novel many accolades. While the novel only takes place over the course of a few days, it is a story of a lifetime for a young private named Henry Fleming. The story of Henry Fleming and his journey from a young fearful boy to a bold young soldier highlights important themes that many students will encounter in their own lives, including overcoming fear, a soldier’s duty and honor, defining manhood, and finding redemption.
The Red Badge of Courage activity Overcoming Fear Assignment
Enlist the help of friends or family to listen and give suggestions. They can even record you so you can already see and hear what the audience will see and hear. That way there will be no surprises!
I’m running for class president, but I am afraid of making my speech in front of the entire school next week.
Practicing beforehand several times creates memories in your muscles that will help you when you actually get up to speak. Your voice will remember what to emphasize, and you’ll already know how to place your hands or stand.
Thank you all. I am here today to talk about why you should elect me for class president. I have lots of ideas for fundraising, so we can be sure to have the best senior prom ever!
Make the font on the page large, and only fill each page about halfway down. This way you can look up often and you won’t rely on looking down as much. Also, number the pages so if you drop them, you can quickly put them back in order!
Don’t make eye contact with anyone; instead, look over their heads, just above their eye level. That way, you don’t get distracted by people’s facial expressions.