Point Of View In Soldier's Home By Ernest Hemingway

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In the short story “Soldier’s Home”, Hemingway develops the idea that impactful life experiences can change people’s point of view and that can change their perspective on themselves and the world, but that may not necessarily change the way others see people or their world. When these perspectives collide, it may result in conflicts, resentment or misunderstandings.
In the opening paragraph of the story, Krebs talks about his participation in World War I. He has experienced five of some of the most tragic battles of World War I which include: Belleau Wood, Soissons, the Champagne, St. Mihiel, and the Argonne. After experiencing these tragic battles, he implies that his point of view had changed from when was first drafted to when he comes
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He explained that he felt sympathy for his fellow citizens because they have gone through so much in World War I and that they had to witness the falling out of many alliances and many countries shifting feuds. A couple years after the war had ended, was when he decided to come home. Kreb’s then explained “The American Dream” and what that meant to his family and to his town. “The American Dream”, to his family and society, meant that he would find a stable and secure job, find himself a wife, and start a family. He explained how this sounded ideal, but after The War he wasn’t sure of what “The American Dream” meant to him. In the story he implies that his perspective of “The American Dream” had been altered. Lastly, Hemingway describes Krebs’ character as aloof and resentful towards his family after the war. This is because Krebs’ point of view of his parents had shifted. He explains how his mother had tried to make small talk about …show more content…
Throughout the story, Krebs explains this idea through observing others. In the beginning he explains how when he got back, his town seemed exactly the same as it was before he left. He brought up how he expected everything to change, which disappointed him a bit. Mainly because he, and many others, have survived this traumatic war being on the battlefront. Whereas, the people in the town who weren’t enlisted, didn’t experience these tragic events themselves which disheartened Krebs because they didn’t understand first hand the impacts, challenges and consequences of this war in particular. He also demonstrates this idea through his mother and younger sister. In conversations with his mother, she tried making small talk about the war with him but he noticed how she wasn’t really interested or didn’t want to know. He believed that his mother wouldn’t have understood anyways. He implied that he resented her doing this because he was ready to talk about his experiences at war and his perspective but his mother didn’t want to hear about the truths of war, and possibly didn’t want change. When he converses with his sister, she acts as if the world hadn’t been in war for four years. He explained throughout the story how he expected for the world to standstill during and after the war but in reality, people moved on and went on

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