War is physically and mentally exhausting on all parties involved. This notion is made evident in Stephen Cranes Red Badge of Courage and Yusef Komunyakaas Camouflaging the Chimera Although different genres, one being a novel excerpt and the latter being a poem. Both pieces of literature explore the day-to-day life and psyche of the soldier. Red Badge of Courage is told by the youth Henry Fleming. As he looks on to groups of soldiers and wonders why they are so eager to die as he thinks of his own death and the peace that comes with it. Camouflaging the Chimera is narrated by a soldier who is more connected to his fellow soldiers as he describes the endless waiting in ditches and how nature is involved in war. In both works, the
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