He longs to wear a uniform and carry a gun — to have females "ooh" and "ah" over him. While this may seem like a brave step, Henry takes it for the wrong reasons. Unfortunately, for Henry this manhood comes at a steep price. He even goes so far as to criticize the generals.He kept near, as if it could be a saver of lives, and an imploring cry went from his mind When he gives in to his fear and runs from the battlefield, he is hideously ashamed, but he also quickly rationalizes that this is something any thinking human or animal would do under those same circumstances. Henry is a conceited, smug young man who sees himself as a martyr and a hero; when in fact he is a coward. He revels in the praise bestowed upon him by the lieutenant and the colonel. He has never even seen a dead body. He felt that he had been wronged Crane He is trying to run away from his own cowardice. Young soldiers go into battle with certain expectations. Here, Henry stops basking in thoughts of his own heroism, and is able to fight like a well-trained soldier. He has no concept of what is actually involved in fighting. On this strange foundation, Henry's confidence for battle begins to take shape.
Henry is a conceited, smug young man who sees himself as a martyr and a hero; when in fact he is a coward. He revels in the praise bestowed upon him by the lieutenant and the colonel.
Wilson, who begins the novel as "the Loud Soldier," later exposes his own vulnerability when he asks Henry to deliver the packet of letters to his family.
Through the course of the novel and the course of several battlesHenry discovers that he can transcend his own fears; he can be brave even in the face of his own very possible death.
There was the law, he said. During this transition, Henry's emotions run the gamut from glory to fear to depression to anger to exhilaration to courage to honor.