Essay on Krebs vs O'Brien

619 Words Jun 10th, 2012 3 Pages
Compare and Contrast of
“Soldiers Home” and “How to Tell a True War Story”

Hemingway’s “Soldier’s Home” and O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story” are two similar yet contrasting stories. The Protagonists in both stories are soldiers of war but they fought in different wars. In Hemingway’s “Soldier’s Home” Harold, was a soldier returning from the First World War in Germany. In O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story” Bob (Rat) Kiley was a soldier in Vietnam during the Vietnamese War. Both plots and settings are completely different, for “A Soldier’s Home” is set within the town of Oklahoma after the war is already over. Its basic plot follows the transition phase for Harold, a solider returning home, from life in the war to
…show more content…
In “How to Tell a True War Story” However the stream of consciousness consists of different scenarios surrounding how Rat’s friend died. Thoughts of his death and that of how the truth of War Stories is lost and the stories surrounding war constantly change. Both stories had different conflicts. In “How to Tell a True War Story”, the conflict was that it was very hard to actually hear the truth or tell the truth about something that happens during war whereas in “A Soldier’s Home” the conflict was how Harold would be able to survive in the actual world outside of the military and war. Both stories ended unresolved, for Harold did not solve any of his problems and the true story for how Rat’s friend actually died was never told in “How to Tell a True War Story”. The themes of both stories remain very similar however; the truth of a war story will forever remain hidden to only those that experienced it. The tales will always contain lies, for soldiers tend to change the stories in order to glorify themselves or sometimes stories change because due to the soldiers’ particular state of mind during the event, they will continuously remember the same event in different

Related Documents