In Soldier from the War Returning, Thomas Childers writes that “a curious silence lingers over what for many was the last great battle of the war.” This final battle was the soldier’s return home. After World War II, veterans came back to the United States and struggled with stigmatized mental illnesses as well as financial and social issues. During the war, many soldiers struggled with mental health issues that persisted after they came home.
The book “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier” is an autobiography about a boy named Ishmael who went through so much at a young age. This book should be read because it’s a story you could relate to and give you a perspective of how society is today than it was before and how it has affected people across the world. On the (front cover of the book) Carolyn See from the Washington Post says “Everyone in the world should read this book… We should read It to learn about the world and about what it means to be human.” She’s right, reading this book will provide you with facts you never known and could change the way you see things today.
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
Do you want to be petrified from all the horrendous carcasses lying around. If you do, well I have a luxurious, historic, venue for you! Soldier Island, true to its word is a nice-looking place, but don’t let that trick you, it is very dreary with the scent of rotten flesh. The site looks like a soldier’s head, but the best part is that the nursery rhyme that goes with it, about 10 soldiers who were brought to life on Soldier Island in the 1900’s. It is off the coast of Devon in England with trees, hills, but rocky ridges which surround the island.
The American Revolution marked the history of many heroic events that immaculately stand as true inspirations for the generations to come in the United States. Even today, the gallantry of a few soldiers that won independence for the country is not only kept in the hearts of the people but run in the American blood to demonstrate acts of valor at times of war and hardships. One such story recorded in the history dates back to 1776, about a sixteen-year old juvenile, Joseph Plumb Martin, joined the Rebel Infantry and recorded his tribulations about forty-seven years in a memoir titled as “A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier”. The book mainly focuses on the sufferings through the tough situation he went through.
Soldier Boys was written by Dean Hughes. The book was published in 2001. The setting starts off with a couple of young boys who want to sign up for the war but their to young to sign up on their own so they have to have their parents permission to sign up. The book goes back an d forth between the americans and the germans because the book talks about both sides of the war. The book is fiction.
Krebs’ personality traits are completely altered around the setting in the short story Soldier’s Home. Ernest Hemingway’s background affects the setting in Soldier’s Home, which affects the characteristics, feelings, patterns, and actions of the main character Krebs. The author of Soldier’s Home is Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway constructs the main character Krebs to have some of the same personality traits and experiences as he had in his time in the army.
In 10/Fugue of Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, Hudes conveys the disconnect between Elliot and his family members during his desperate time of need for their help (Hudes). Throughout the scene, Elliot is gravely injured and falls apart. By using short, simple sentences, Hudes expresses the urgency of Elliot’s situation.
The Unbeatable Souls The Lost Battalion is based totally on a real story of an American battalion that was sent out to battle during the World War I. Major Charles Whittlesey, a New York lawyer, who ends up in the trenches of France having under his command mostly young, unexperienced men. When Whittlesey and his battalion of five hundred men are ordered to advance into the Argonne Forest they find themselves surrounded by Germans troops when the other battalions instantly withdrew, leaving Whittlesey’s battalion on his own. Confined behind enemy lines, Whittlesey’s battalion turned into the only force in the German army’s plans to move forward. Trapped and with no other way to rescue, Whittlesey is given an opportunity to surrender, but chose to continue fighting and keep his men together.
A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier, Some of the Adventures, Dangers, Sufferings by Joseph Plumb Martin, is a collection of tales starting from when he was just a young boy at the age of seven and quickly goes through his childhood on the farm with his grandparents on his mother's side. Mr. Martin describes his memories from a much later stage in his life at the age of 70 in the year 1830. This is the tales of the crippling weather conditions, terrible living conditions and war stories told by a young enlisted soldier during the war. Mr. Martin was born to a preacher and his wife in 1760 in western Massachusetts. The story begins when he was just a young boy who was sent to live with his grandparents on a farm.
Hemingway sets the story environment at a train station, with two very different sides of the tracks. This setting is interpreted as a metaphor for the choice at hand, an interpretation of life or death. One side reflecting a dry harsh area, with no trees, and devoid of life, on the other side of the
Setting is important to any story, and having a setting that creates a story helps give the reader a better feeling about what they are reading. Writers use setting all the time in a story to make a great story an amazing story. In Barry Callaghan’s “Our Thirteenth Summer” Barry uses setting to give the reader the reaction he intended to. In an introduction before the story titled “About the Story” the author states that “it's during the Second World War” (Callaghan 123). In addition Bobby also declares that they are not Jewish by saying “We're not Jewish” (124) after the narrator asks and argues that they are.
The story “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemmingway depicts the wounding and post-traumatic experience of the First World War of the main character Harold Krebs and his family. Like most soldiers’ experience of the war, upon return to their lives back home, their lives virtually had no more meaning to them. Krebs presents a painful realization in this manner in which he interacts with his mother. She tries to think of her son as a hero and make him feel like one by encouraging him to re-tell his tales from the war. Krebs knows that the impressions his mother is making are not authentic and she, just like the rest of his fellow town folk are tired of hearing and reading the same stories from the war (De Baerdemaeker 24).
A Young Soldier Is Tasked With Starting His New Life In the story “A Soldier 's home”, by Ernest Hemingway, a young man named Harold Krebs finds himself disconnected from society and unmotivated to fulfill the requirements set for American youth. Krebs struggle with continuing his religious belief becomes a problem. When Krebs was asked to pray with his mother, Krebs realizes his struggle with religious belief has become one of his challenges with returning home. Kreb is struggling to consider himself Christian.
Krebs the main character has a hard time adapting to society and a lot about him has changed. The military has learned him to not love anyone and he feels that doing anything that potentially has consequences is not worth the risk and that includes social interactions with girls which is demonstrated through the following quote. “When he was in town their appeal to him was not very strong. He did not like them when he saw them in the Greek 's ice cream parlour. He did not want them themselves really.”