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There is a popular saying Home is where the heart is This is indeed true in Ernest Hemingways Soldiers Home Because of the atrocities of war the protagonist Harold Krebs heart is no longer in his homeland Hemingway uses setting to convey this irrecoverable loss in Krebs In particular he uses the war setting the hometown setting and the domestic home setting in order to show the change in Krebs and his incapability to readapt to his home life The story starts with a reference to the Methodist college that Krebs attends While he was there he took a picture with his fraternity brothers all of whom are wearing matching uniforms Here the reader can see that there was nothing unconventional about Krebs He was just a normal small-town boy hardly distinguishable from the other boys Immediately upon his return from the war however Krebs discovers that the town that he was once a part of has for the most part stayed the same while he because of his experiences in the war has changed dramatically Nothing was changed in the town except that the young girls had grown up Of course there are superficial changes like the style of dress in the girls and the small affects of the war However these changes are miniscule compared to the drastic change that Krebs undergoes due to the war Interestingly Krebs feels that the people in his hometown are too complicated for him to associate with But they lived in s uch a complicated world of already defined alliances and shifting feuds that Krebs did not feel the energy or the courage to break into it Ironically Krebs is a soldier one who is accustomed to act of courage defined alliances and feuds However Krebs is unable to adapt to this new environment one that seems to be already firmly established He is an outsider in his own hometown Hemingway does not explicitly write about Krebs
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