Analysis Of The Poem ' Soldier 's Home ' Essay

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Ernest Hemingway’s short story, “Soldier’s Home” tells the story of a soldier’s return home after serving in World War II. Harold Krebs returns to Oklahoma long after the war has ended and “the greeting of the heroes was over” (70). Harold 's experiences in Europe have changed him irreversibly, and this change is contradictory to the changes of which he has returned home to. For example, his father’s car was always outside the First National Bank where his father office was located and upon his return home the car was still in the same place. Hemingway further explains, that “nothing has changed in the town except that the young girls had grown up’ (71). No longer is he the young boy in the photograph described at the beginning of the story whom attended Methodist College now he believes in nothing.
In my analysis of “Soldier’s Home”, Harold Krebs has lost his belief in tradition, family values and religious system. When a person lacks faith in anything coincidently there is a struggle for a reason to live. As evident in the scene at the breakfast table with his mother and sister, Krebs is merely existing not living. His activities of choice includes: sleeping late, taking walks to the library, going home for lunch, reading on the porch, and playing pool. Krebs’s life is full of recreation and not purpose. The other soldiers who returned home prior to him had already found their “niche” or places in life. Krebs struggles with himself and the changes he has undergone as a…

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