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SOLDIER’S HOME: LITERARY ANALYSIS 2 Soldier’s Home: Literary Analysis Even though serving one’s nation overseas brings a sense of fulfilment, war takes a heavy toll on the participants. The story, Soldier’s Home gives a perfect elaboration. Ernest Hemmingway’s Soldier’s Homes (published in 1925) is an exceptional short story about the life of an ex-soldier, Harold Krebs, whose life changed immensely after returning from war. Krebs comes back home long after the end of World War I and misses out on the elaborate welcoming that his fellow soldiers received. His return is not celebrated as he comes at a time when everyone has gotten over the excitement. Although he finds everything the same way he left them, he no longer feels at home. The traumatizing experiences that he encountered in the battle fields are taking a heavy toll on him. He is a completely different person from the young man he was when he went to war. He finds it difficult to fit in his environment as the war destroyed his soul. He even confesses to his mother that he does not love anyone. He, therefore, plots to leave his home in Oklahoma to look for a job in Kansas. It is, thus, clear that traumatizing experiences such as war can significantly affect a person’s mental health and consequently his whole life. Soldier’s Home was inspired by Ernest Hemmingway’s own life. Hemmingway, just like his Soldier’s Home character Harold Krebs, encountered violence and suffered depression. Hemmingway was born in the present day Oak Park, Illinois in the summer of 1899 and grew up partly in the suburbs of Chicago and northern Michigan where his parents had a cabin (Biography, 2017). He began his writing work way back when he was in high school as he wrote
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