Ernest Hemingway was in WWW in Italy both as an mamba once driver and as a soldier and although he always claimed otherwise all of Hemi swag’s stories are biographical in some sense. The character from “Soldier’s Home”, Harold Krebs, shows that he would rather still be Germany, but has returned home I instead. Daisies suggests that because Hemingway writing so often was about Italy and Spain that he had a fixation on his time in the war and, like Krebs, was not satisfied with his civilian life at home. Much like Hemingway, Krebs felt alone and isolated when he returned from t he war.
Krebs is apathetic toward almost everyone and everything; the only thing he if ends comfort in is reading books about the war he has just come back from and 10 going at the maps. This is interesting in contrast to Hemingway because, “he was writing n either guide books, travel posters, nor reminisces” (Daisies 176). Though his character re had a rather potent fixation on maps, Hemingway was specific to never take part in creating anything of the sort. In the end Krebs decided to take his isolation, break thro ugh it, and take life one day at a time, working to get better; Hemingway was not so optic cystic and ended his own life.
Anthony J. Petard examines “Soldier’s Home” in “Irony of Situation in Ernest Hemmingway ‘Soldier’s Home'” though a formalist lens and focuses mainly on irony. There are many examples of irony throughout Hemingway post war story. P tetrarch discusses the photographs in the beginning of the story and believes that, “the e irony of situation emerges from the juxtaposed photographs, the first portraying him prior to the War as the salt Of the American earth Midwestern in religion; Midwestern in p ileitis; Midwestern in mentality and attitude; and Midwestern in dress,” (665).
He goes on to discuss how the second photo shows the reality of war: the girls are not pretty Y, the supposedly beautiful Rhine is not even considered for the photo, and the unify arms are shabby (665). Even though all this is true, Krebs still wishes he could have stay De. The irony in this is that war is not a good place for people to be, yet it was the only place he really felt he belonged. Before the war Krebs wanted the traditional American lifestyle; go to college, get a wife, have 2. 5 kids, a dog, and a white picket fence. After experiencing the cruelties of life through war, Krebs does not care about any f that.
The only thing Krebs wants to do now is work on getting better, and maybe event ally he will want at least one of those things. “Hemingway and Freud: The Tip of the Iceberg’ by Kenneth G. Johnson looks a Soldier’s home through the psychological lens. Looking through the psychology glacial lens one can more easily find the major themes though the story. When reading the rough, one may notice that though Krebs enjoys watching the girls and says having one would be nice, he does not want to work to get one; this shows a clear sense of apathy.
Krebs does tot really care one way or another, (69). When talking to his mother later Krebs s states that he is unable to love anyone and does not seemed to be bothered by this fact. He is very indifferent about what were major American values during this time. His mother, and his father through his mother, try to help him by offering to let him drive the car and talking to him about getting a job, but they are not successful. The only peers n in Krebs life that inspires him to care about something is his little sister, Helen, who he says was always his favorite.
She does not see him as a mentally scarred war hero, but rather she still looks at him like the big brother who taught her how to pitch before he w .NET away for a while. Helen brings out a more innocent time in Krebs life and is able to help him remember that (71). In “Soldier’s Home” Hemingway explores the emotions and phases he went through when he himself came home from war: apathy, isolation, and transform rumination. Authors such as David Daisies, Anthony J. Petard, and Kenneth G. Johnson explored these through the biographical, formalist, and psychological lenses.
By viewing the same story through multiple lenses one has a greater and deeper understanding an d knowledge of Hemingway own life and writing.