Literary Analysis Soldier's Home

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Literary Analysis of Harold Krebs from “Soldier’s Home” In Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Soldier’s Home”, Harold Krebs is a young man who returns home to Oklahoma from World War I. Krebs arrives with the second division in the summer of 1919. The citizens were no longer interested in the returning soldiers. Things had gone back to normal and no one wanted to listen to his war stories. He had to start telling lies to get attention. Things had not changed much back at home, but he has changed due to his experiences. Since his return from the war, he has different thoughts on dating and his future. He wants a girl, but he does not want to spend the time to talk to one. His mother wants him to be normal like the other men his age. Because of Krebs bad war experiences and treatment upon his return, he becomes apathetic, unusual, and immature. Krebs is apathetic. His apathy begins when he returns home from the war. The narrator says, “Krebs, who had been at Belleau Wood, Soissons, the Champagne, St. Mihiel, and in the Argonne did not want to talk about the war at all” in order to emphasize his traumatic experiences in the war (187). These battles were the most horrifying places of the war. His apathetic attitude is developed because he had to lie in order to get his friends and families attention. John Mckenna and David Raabe say, “By adulterating his war experience with verbal misrepresentation, Krebs “Lost everything” (3). This means that he has lost his pride and creates a “distastes for everything that had happened to him in the war” (187). Krebs is no longer interested in talking about the war and he also restrains himself from loving anyone. Krebs is also unusual. Instead of looking for a girl and trying to find a job, he detaches himself from everyone. Krebs says to his mother, “I don’t love…...

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