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Ernest Hemingways Soldiers Home has received much attention especially from the Vietnam-era baby boomers Like many of his pieces the story is much more complex then it seems on the surface Mr Hemingway is renowned for his description though he is sometimes criticized for the seeming simplicity of Soldiers Home Upon closer examination the story becomes not only a simple tale of a young man returning from war but also a story of a commonplace struggle portrayed through the eyes of young Krebs This style of simplicity and implied meaning is a trademark of Ernest Hemingway and is what sets him apart from many other writers I agree with those claiming that the story of Krebs is based of the life experience of young Ernest Hemingway Mr Hemingway was also a WWI veteran and faced similar problems when he returned home He too arrived far after the soldiers welcome was over and also lost faith in the comforting institutions of family values tradition and religion Because of his unique tie to Krebs the story flows easily and comes to life for the reader Hemingways liberal use of vague passages is an unusual trait in his stories for he is often noted for his specific writing These passages were included to show the mindset of young Krebs For instance the author spends several paragraphs showing the reader Krebs thoughts on girls specifically why he does not want to bother with them even though he admires them In paragraph 12 Krebs tells the reader that he does not want the consequences of a girl and then goes off on a tangent about men and what girls mean to them This passage is vague and does not seem to contribute to the plot However it serves to show the wandering mindset of the narrator The author wants the reader to be inside the head of the narrator to understand the world through his eyes and his eyes only
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