Hemingway's short story Soldier's Home incorporates many themes and stylistic elements that we associate with Hemingway's writings. The story of the soldier returning from a traumatic war experience and trying to find a way to come to terms with the small-town life he used to live, after being initiated into the adult world of the war including life and death, is an essential theme in Hemingway's writings.
Part of the disillusionment that the character, Krebs, is met with has to do with his trouble in constructing or finding meaning in the concepts that he went to war for, which have now become empty to him:
All of the times that had been able to make him feel cool and clear inside himself when he thought of them; the times so long back when he had done the one thing, the only thing for a man to do, easily and naturally, when he might have done something else, now lost their cool, valuable quality and then were lost themselves. (p. 111)
Even the Americans who did not participate physically in the war and who were supposed to glorify his efforts and perhaps constitute him as a hero and reaffirm the values for which he went to war are no longer concerned with the concepts of glory and honor, and thus fail to provide him with a fulfilling or "right" feeling of coming back. The disillusionment is furthermore reinforced by the fact that he has arrived too late and as the "hysteria" has passed "Now the reaction had set in." (p. 111). The world that he has returned to is itself struggling with the aftermath of the war and is even trying to forget it. "She often came in while he was in bed and asked him to tell her about the war, but her attention always wa...
... middle of paper ...
...an abstraction to the reader, and through this characteristic style he isolates the individual character which fits very well the thematical impression he is trying to convey in his writings. The character, Krebs, similarly resists to go beneath the surface and try to communicate his feelings in a complicated and perhaps more precise manner. It even seems like any attempt to make him connect or feel anything makes him nauseous and uneasy. And so the relationship between style and theme in this particular short story incorporates so many characteristic features that it has in many ways come to represent to me and perhaps to many others as it was even made into a TV-drama in 1977, the core of the early Hemingway.
Hemingway, Ernest. "Soldier's Home", from Ernest Hemingway: The Short Stories. (New York, NY : Scribner Paperback Fiction Edition) 1995.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Ernest Hemingway is praised for his use of the “iceberg effect”. The effect giving the reader just enough information to get the point across and grab his or her attention. The tip of the iceberg are the facts that the reader must know, and the rest of the Iceberg, the majority of it - is left up for the reader to discover. This portion is uncovered by how the reader interprets the “two different meanings of a phrase, not from multiple interpretations of its thematic import” (Cohen 1). As Hemmingway’s writing evolved, so did the “crystalline clarity and structural simplicity” (158) of the tip of his icebergs, but in Soldier’s Home one of his first published works the “iceberg” appears to be... [tags: iceberg effect, writing style]
739 words (2.1 pages)
- Stream of Consciousness in A Farewell to Arms Many important American writers came to prominence during the Jazz Age, but their commonalities often stopped there. From lyrical to sparse, many different styles can be seen among these authors, such as those of Henry James, Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, and Ernest Hemingway. One stylistic technique, stream of consciousness, was most associated with Joyce. Yet, Hemingway also used this technique with regularity and it is an important element in his war novel, A Farewell to Arms.... [tags: Farewell Arms Essays]
995 words (2.8 pages)
- Soldier’s Home by Ernest Hemingway In Soldier’s Home, Ernest Hemingway depicts Harold Krebs return home from World War I and the problems he faces when dealing with his homecoming and transition back towards a normal life. After the fighting overseas commenced, it took Krebs a year to finally leave Europe and return to his family in Oklahoma. Once home, he found it hard to talk about all he had seen in his tour of duty overseas, which should be attributed to the fact that he saw action in some of the bloodiest, most crucial battles towards the culmination of the war.... [tags: Soldier’s Home Ernest Hemingway Essays]
1253 words (3.6 pages)
- Ernest Hemingway’s “Soldier’s Home” is a short story that shows how a soldier copes with civilian life after war and the struggles that Harold Krebs, Hemingway’s protagonist, experiences throughout his familiar, but new life. With changes in his view about the world it adds to his problem with adjusting to his life. “Soldier’s Home” uses the setting and characters to explain the theme of the story of a soldier’s transition to normality. Several symbolism is used by Hemingway to explain the story.... [tags: Short story, Mother, Symbolism, Ernest Hemingway]
836 words (2.4 pages)
- The adjustment from years on the frontlines of World War I to the mundane everyday life of a small Oklahoma town can be difficult. Ernest Hemingway’s character Harold Krebs, has a harder time adjusting to home life than most soldiers that had returned home. Krebs returned years after the war was over and was expected to conform back into societies expectations with little time to adapt back to a life not surrounded by war. Women take a prominent role in Krebs’s life and have strong influences on him.... [tags: war, ernest hemingway, soldier's home]
1170 words (3.3 pages)
- Patterns of Life in Ernest Hemingway’s “A Soldier’s Home” Is there a pattern for life. Maybe not, but in Ernest Hemingway’s short story “A Soldier’s Home”, the main character Harold Krebs finds that he needs to live his life through a series of patterns. In this story, the series of patterns associated to Krebs results in an explanation of his character’s desire for an uncomplicated life. The series of patterns can be found through Krebs’s involvement in college, the Marines, and even in his personal relationships.... [tags: Ernest Hemingway A Soldier’s Home]
814 words (2.3 pages)
- ... “In ‘Soldier’s Home,’ Hemingway uses conflict to show how society demands conformity and the unfair struggles of those who do not fit the mold” (Comtois). Harold Krebs did not fit the mold, so he struggled to keep the attention of others. In striving to please the people around him, Krebs fed into the ways of society, making him a conformist. In order to become himself again, Krebs needed to separate himself and forget what others wanted him to say and do. Krebs needed to be selfish so he could do what was right for him.... [tags: harold krebs, soldier]
544 words (1.6 pages)
- The Story of an Hour Authors of literary work have always employed stylistic devices to pass their message, Kate Chopin was no exception. She employs a number of styles in her book, the story of an Hour. Just like any author she achieves storytelling in a simple and straight forward manner. Some of the stylistic devices she uses are: description, internal monologue, authorial intrusion contrast, figurative expressions, symbolism among others. This paper discusses the use of stylistic features in passing the message to the readers, with considerations to the plot, the themes present and how each was achieved.... [tags: stylistic devices, literature, ]
1180 words (3.4 pages)
- A “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemmingway is an intriguing story about a man by the name of Krebs who enlists in the Marine Corps during his attendance at a Methodist college in Kansas. After serving for two years at the Rhine, he returned with the second division in 1919 but Krebs wasn’t in the same state of mind as before he left. The reason why Krebs was so distraught when he returned home was not because of the fact that no one wanted to listen to his war stories but because him and other soldiers were without any real benefits such as medical, education, extra remuneration, or anything to help him get back into the real world.... [tags: marine corps, war, college education]
1256 words (3.6 pages)
- It is never easy for anyone to be away from his or her own family. Certain situations happen in ones life that forces him to leave his family behind. More often than not, one leave home for a better job elsewhere, keeping in mind that in doing so, he will be able to provide for his family and give a better life. Others, like the ones in the military, have no choice but to do his duty to the country and to help keep the country safe for his family to live in. “Soldier’s Home”, written by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize awardee Ernest Hemingway, talks about the adventure of Krebs, a marine soldier and how his life turns out when he comes back from battle.... [tags: Family, Mother, Father, Thought]
1055 words (3 pages)
- The Cunning and Deceitful Women of Homer’s Odyssey
- The Character of Falstaff in Henry IV
- Deeper Meaning of Shakespeare's As You Like It
- The Historical Accuracy of Henry V by William Shakespeare
- themebeo Epic of Beowulf Essay - Theme and Style of Beowulf
- The Epic Poem, Beowulf - Is Beowulf History or Myth?