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Critical Analysis of Soldiers Home Before During and After theWar with bibliographyMany of the titles of Ernest Hemingways stories are ironic and can beread on a number of levels Soldiers Home is no exception Our firstimpression having read the title only is that this story will beabout a old soldier living out the remainder of his life in aninstitution where veterans go to die We soon find out that the storyhas nothing to do with the elderly or institutions rather it tellsthe story of a young man Harold Krebs only recently returned fromWorld War I who has moved back into his parents house while hefigures out what he wants to do with the rest of his life And yet ourfirst impression lingers and with good reason despite the fact thathis parents comfortable middle-class lifestyle used to feel like hometo Harold Krebs it no longer does Harold is not home he has no homeat all This is actually not an uncommon scenario among young peoplesuch as college students returning into the womb of their childhoodagain But with Harold the situation is more dramatic because he hasnot only lived on his own but has dealt with -- and been traumatizedby -- life-and-death situations his parents could not possiblyunderstand Hemingway does not divulge why Krebs was the last personin his home town to return home from the war according to the KansasCity Star Hemingway himself left Kansas City in the spring of 1918and did not return for 10 years becoming the first of 132 formerStar employees to be wounded in World War I according to a Stararticle at the time of his death Kansas City Star hem6htmWherever he was in the intervening time by the time Harold gets homethe novelty of the returning soldier has long since worn off All theother former soldiers have found a niche for themselves in thecommunity but Harold needs a while longer to get his bearings heplays pool practiced on his clarinet strolled
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