21 Jun, 2021 02:21 PM

What does this sentence mean given by Stephen Crane?

A wound gives strange dignity to him who bears it...It is as if the wounded man's hand is upon the curtain which hangs before the revelations of all existence, the meaning of ants, potentates, wars, cities, sunshine, snow, a feather dropped from a bird's wing, and the power of it sheds radiance upon a bloody form, and makes the other men understand sometimes that they are little.

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21 Jun, 2021 02:21 PM

My sense of it is this. A wound makes a man think of his vulnerability, yet he recognizes at the same time that he has to be strong and go on despite the pain or disfigurement. He sees that it is in him to do this. He discovers both grace and dignity.

Living with this day to day deepens his understanding of life, of its seeming fragility, of the fragility that potentates seem unaware of, of the beauty of the natural world and the preciousness of each individual--the "radiance" of the precious, though unknown, or wounded soldier.

The unwounded sense that all of this understanding has not come to them.

Those are my ideas about this passage.