Essay about Analysis Of Ernest Hemingway 's ' Soldier 's Home '

1282 Words Mar 31st, 2016 6 Pages
When placed in a new environment, one must adapt. The adaptations that occur may affect an individual’s life deeply, but what happens when one returns to a former environment with new clarity? Does the individual or environment triumph? Throughout Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Soldier’s Home,” the main character, Krebs, struggles with his identity after returning home from war. Telling lies and losing his sense of war-changed self afflicts him. Krebs’ family and society pressure him into “renormalizing.” When attempting to reintegrate him into the community, his family ignores the past years that Krebs has spent at war and instead views him as “Harold”, Krebs’ previous teenage self who never grew up. In “Soldier’s Home,” the war experience alienates Krebs from his society, his family, and ultimately himself.
From the beginning of the short story, Krebs is out of step. He comes home late. Society does not embrace Krebs like it does other soldiers who returned home on time from the war. Krebs left to war identical to his fraternity brothers, “wearing exactly the same height and style” (Hemingway, 69). However, when he does return, he has missed the moment of a joyful, exciting, hero’s welcome. Society does not honor him. Instead, society has moved on without him because the town has already dealt with the tribulations of war. No one wants to listen to the stories that weigh Krebs down. The narrator explains that society is “not thrilled by his stories” (70). This disregard…

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