Essay Analysis Of The Poem ' Soldier 's Home '

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In “Soldier’s Home” written by Ernest Hemingway, Harold Krebs, referred to as Krebs, is a young man who has just returned home from Germany where he served in the Army during World War I. However, his transition from a soldier of war to a citizen in his society proves to be harder than the people around him expect. In “A Sorrowful Woman” written by Gail Godwin, the woman is a wife and mother who falls ill and decides to keep herself away from both of them. Both Krebs and the woman display self-isolation and little tact when dealing with the people around them, yet they maintain steady routines throughout their days. Krebs and the woman both isolate themselves from the outside world. However, Krebs, a returning war veteran, suffers isolation by trapping himself in his own war state of mind. When Krebs returns home from Germany, he has to deal with returning to the everyday life he once left behind. Krebs is not ready to live “in such a complicated world of already defined alliances and shifting feuds” (Hemingway 188). Krebs often finds himself wanting to talk about the war. However, no one cares to listen unless he lies about what truly happens. The ongoing agony of holding in his thoughts and confining himself to the pressures of his surrounding community causes Krebs to isolate his self into his own mind. On the other hand, the woman physically isolates herself from her own family due to an illness. At first the woman tells her husband that she could not stand the sight…

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