This essay is about Ernest Hemingway's a Soldiers Home. includes a works cited

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Critical Analysis of "Soldier's Home": Before, During, and After the

War (with bibliography)

Many of the titles of Ernest Hemingway's stories are ironic, and can be

read on a number of levels; Soldier's Home is no exception. Our first

impression, having read the title only, is that this story will be

about a old soldier living out the remainder of his life in an

institution where veterans go to die. We soon find out that the story

has nothing to do with the elderly, or institutions; rather, it tells

the story of a young man, Harold Krebs, only recently returned from

World War I, who has moved back into his parents' house while he

figures out what he wants to do with the rest of his life. And yet our

first impression lingers, and with good reason; despite the fact that

his parents' comfortable, middle-class lifestyle used to feel like home

to Harold Krebs, it no longer does.

Harold is not home; he has no home

at all. This is actually not an uncommon scenario among young people

(such as college students) returning into the womb of their childhood

again. But with Harold, the situation is more dramatic because he has

not only lived on his own, but has dealt with -- and been traumatized

by -- life-and-death situations his parents could not possibly

understand. Hemingway does not divulge why Krebs was the last person

in his home town to return home from the war; according to the Kansas

City Star, Hemingway himself "left Kansas City in the spring of 1918

and did not return for 10 years, [becoming] 'the first of 132 former

Star employees to be wounded in World War I,' according to a Star

article at the time of his death" (Kansas City Star, hem6.htm).

Wherever he...