Quotation: As he gazed around him the youth felt a flash of astonishment at the blue, pure sky and the sun gleaming on the trees and fields. It was surprising that Nature had gone tranquilly on with her golden process in the midst of so much devilment.
Analysis: Crane shows nature's indifference to the bloody battle, an indifference heretofore unrealized by Henry.
Quotation: They gazed about them with looks of uplifted pride, feeling new trust in the grim, always confident weapons in their hands. And they were men.
Analysis: Crane portrays realistic heroes, confident men, sure of their abilities as opposed to the gallant men portrayed in romantic tales of war.
Quotation: He had burned several times to enlist. Tales of great movements shook the land. They might not be distinctly Homeric, but there seemed to be much glory in them. He had read of marches, sieges, conflicts, and he had longed to see it all. His busy mind had drawn for him large pictures extravagant in color, lurid with breathless deeds.
Analysis: Crane's realistic portrayal of war stands out in comparison to Henry's unrealistic notions of battle. It's similar to when you were in Junior High School and expected all the guys and girls to look like the characters in High School Musical and then you realized after about 5 minutes that your schoolmates were the same old dorks you went to Junior High with.