Critical Analysis of “Soldier's Home” and “Marriage is a Private Affair&acir

Critical Analysis of “Soldier's Home” and “Marriage is a Private Affair&acir

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Williams 1 Darryl Williams Kathi Griffin ENG 205 18 November 2010 Critical Analysis of “Soldier's Home” and “Marriage is a Private Affair” I chose to analyze these two short stories because I can relate to both of them very well. I can actually see myself inside each of these stories as I mentally apply their situations to my life. “Marriage is a Private Affair” is a short story written by Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. This story is about a son choosing to marry the woman he loves instead of the woman that he was arranged to marry, whom was chosen by his father. The father, Okeke, is so offended by his son's defiance that he erases his son from his life altogether. “Soldier's Home” is a short story written by American author, Ernest Hemingway. This story centers on Harold Krebs, who is a returning World War I veteran. The story details his everyday life as he decides what he wants to do with his life. The most important parts of “Marriage is a Private Affair” and “Soldier's Home” are the characters, which can be compared through similarities and differences, because they embody everything a character in a short story should be. Okeke and Krebs both share two main similarities with each other. The first and most recognizable trait that ties them together is their need of a certain level of consistency in their lives. They both hate even the idea of changing their lifestyles. For example, Krebs does not return home from World War I until “years after the war was over,” because he had become so accustomed with living overseas that he truthfully “did not want to come home” (615-617). Okeke is just as unmoving as Krebs is, so when Okeke discovers that his son's new wife is a teacher he replies “no Christian woman should teach,” because his people are very religious and he claims that St. Paul forbids such a thing
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