Character Analysis of “Solider’s Home” In my analysis of the story “Soldiers Home” by Ernest Hemingway, I felt the story had two characters in the story. Harold Krebs was the main character of the story and many details of his life was provided so the reader could have a visual concept of what the author was trying to portray. Kreb’s mother was another character of the story and the author presented her side with many spoken parts. The inclusion of Kreb’s mother provided a nurturing aspect of the story and presented a conflict of the struggles that Harold would endure when he returns home. Hemingway uses ideas in his story so that the reader could set themselves in the story and understand what the characters are feeling throughout each word. …show more content…
His mother provided a needed nurturing feature that he would need to give him the boost to return to the aspects of society. Krebs struggled to find ways to regain his stature in society and his mother felt it was her duty to help him along the way even if he was mean to her without understanding why he was doing such. Krebs would even tell his mother he did not love her, even though he did not mean it (Hemingway 170). His mother would be there to support her son, even after the hurtful comments that Krebs made towards her. It is hurtful in any form to see your children go through any pain and she would make sure that all could be done to get Harold back into the world. Her son would return home with her help and he would be back into society. She would give him the tools to succeed and finally return home. She and his father came up with a plan that Krebs could borrow the car and go out and perform activities so that Krebs would get out of the house and enjoy life, but he must also find a job to which she described it as a place in life (Hemingway 170). Kreb’s mother was providing him with the tools to become a key component for his future. She understood the struggles he went through but wanted to make sure that he would eventually find a way to
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This reminds me in paragraphs four and five the lies Krebs makes is a person who is fallen or injured they are not important those people are overlooking them. This reminds me of the relationship of Krebs and his sister when they have fights together. Also, this love is reminded between him and his sister when at the kitchen table eating breakfast and finally that conversation turned into a fight(16). Finally Krebs goes to his sisters indoor baseball game to watch as he was
Unfortunately, his mother died of cancer when he was only 17. Consequently, this led to an enormous amount of trauma for Harold and his father. Some individuals assume that Harold’s mother passing away, was one of the causes of his murders.
Krebs life is forever changed. He needs to move on but has a difficult time doing so. He lives in his childhood home when he returns home. Krebs battles a sort of depression, staying in bed often, never going out, and just being detached. At one point when asked by his mother if he loves her he says no.
Hemingway begins Krebs’ story in a Methodist college in Kansas when the war starts off in 1917. When the war ends Krebs chose to stay in Germany for the next six months and when he comes back he realizes that the town moved on about the war and didn’t get the welcome he thought he deserved. This leads to the theme of not being able to find an outlet for pain. He wanted people to listen to his stories so they would be able to see the pain of what he went through throughout the war and the heroic actions he accomplished while fighting
If taken literally, Hemingway’s story is one in which very little happens. The story takes place in a train station in Spain where a couple argue about a vague event over drinks. From the very start of the short story, there is an overbearing uneasiness felt in the text as the unnamed male and the girl, Jig, hold what seems to be—on the surface—an innocent conversation. By using a limiting third person point of view that consists mostly of dialogue, Hemingway creates an obstacle in the way of understanding as there is no clear insight to what is going on inside of either party’s head. The conflict that the pair seem to be discussing is never named and it becomes the metaphorical elephant in the room much like the white elephants that Jig sees in the mountains.
Undoubtedly , WW1 was the first utmost military conflict in the modern times that has evoked variety of literary responses which reflect the sociopolitical and psychological background of that time and are considered as vital part of the historical and cultural memory of WW1 . War poetry has provided us with variety of images of the war and the battlefield by men who have experienced the reality of war face-to-face. On the other hand, women knew from the beginning that the war was going to be a great tragedy not only for men who were enlisted in the army , but also for women on the homefront who battled against the fear and horror aroused by WW1 . Women 's voices of agony, anger and anguish have emerged from the shadows of marginalization during WW1 to express their anti-war attitude. Women 's poetry of WW1 mirrors the 'new ' roles that women took during WW1 and shows the connection between men in the battlefield and
Lieutenant Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley are the protagonists of Ernest Hemingway’s novel A Farewell to Arms. Although there aren’t any other characters in the majority of the novel, there are a few that make an appearance every so often, like Rinaldi, The Priest, Helen Ferguson and Miss Gage. For the sake of this paper I will only be looking at the minor character Helen Ferguson, who is close friends with Catherine. Helen, who is often referred to as Ferguson or Fergy, is the voice of reason in regards to Henry and Catherine’s relationship.
The struggles presented between these two characters bring to light issues in human relationships that weigh into everyday life. Hemingway’s short story reveals to readers how relationships affect communication, decision
Soldier’s Home Change is something that everyone will experience when going through life but sometimes events change you for the worse and your identity as you knew it is gone. Learning to establish the identity you desire is identity is something everyone should do. In the short story “Soldier 's home” written by Ernest Hemingway in 1925, Krebs a soldier in war has just returned home but his identity has changed and nothing feels the same anymore so he has to figure out what to do with himself.
Hemingway uses the story to painfully highlight the internal conflict that leaves an individual veteran like Krebs questioning his peculiar heroic status after fighting in the war. The protagonist of the short story, Krebs, is drafted by the state into the U.S. Army fighting in Rhineland having been uprooted from his home. The character traits of Krebs can be defined as rebellious, detached, and stressful. The creation of the character Krebs has been the epitome in the realization of the devastating
Krebs thought girls were “not worth the trouble.” (85) Although he may not have had the motivation to pick up the girls, he “liked looking at them.” (85) This is in no way the girls’ fault, however it shows how the war affected Krebs’ drive to do tasks that involve socialization. Perhaps if the townspeople were more open to listen to Krebs’ story then he would be more comfortable with girls. His mother is an example of how he interacts with women.
He displays how when people are faced with death, some let fate control their destiny, which is applicable to real world situations. In the real world, one will make the choice whether to expect or avoid fate, which will lead to certain consequences. Hemingway’s writings were based on experiences and obstacles he overcame. People should invest more time to reading Hemingway’s stories, which can prompt action, and change some life decisions of the reader. His strong messages should get through to readers, to prompt better decisions.
Hemingway’s alternate endings give insight into what he was thinking and what words were the right ones. He was conscientious with how he wanted the message to be embodied and articulated. Critics argue that A Farewell to Arms should have ended another way, with a happy ending perhaps that captures another side of the author’s writing. The truth is that there was no better way to capture Hemingway’s true personality through the characters if he did not write it himself. In the New York Times article, “A Farewell to Arms with Hemingway’s Alternate Ending” Patrick Hemingway himself said that “but it is absolutely true that no matter how much you analyze a classic bit of writing, you can never really figure out what makes talent work.”
The widow, Miss Watson, takes Huck into a closet to pray, and tells him to pray every day so he will get what he wants. Huck tries to pray daily, but becomes disappointed when all he gets is a fish-line with no hooks, when he prayed extra hard for hooks. “By-and-by, one day, I asked Miss Watson to try for me, but she said I was a fool. She never told me why, and I couldn’t make it out no way” (19). When he asks Miss Watson about it, she tells him praying brings spiritual gifts.