Another friend of Henry's in the regiment, Jim offers Henry a pragmatic viewpoint on courage at the beginning of the story: run when others run, fight like mad when they fight. He also embodies the consequences of this viewpoint. Jim is so terribly injured in the first battle that he is almost unrecognizable to Henry. As the injured "spectral soldier," with his eyes gazing deep into the unknown, Jim is like a window into death. But if he finds any secrets or meaning as he stares into death, Jim never passes them along. The spectral soldier represents a meeting point between life and death, and between Henry's glorious ideals of war and the shocking gruesome reality of the real thing.
Jim Conklin ("the tall soldier") Character Timeline in The Red Badge of Courage
The timeline below shows where the character Jim Conklin ("the tall soldier") appears in The Red Badge of Courage. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.