Literary Analysis – Soldiers Home

In Ernest Hemingway’s story “Soldier’s Home,” the author writes about a Marine who’s come home from World War I, but has trouble readjusting to his old home and his family. Though his family reaches out to him, he remains distant. At first, he doesn’t want to talk about the war, but later when he does no one wants to hear his stories. His difficulty readjusting causes strife at home, and speaks to many issues of returning veterans–in the Hemingway’s era but also today.


Despite having fought in many of the war’s greatest battles, Krebs feels it necessary to exaggerate his experiences in the Great War. Why does Krebs feel the need to lie about his experiences in the war, specifically to civilians, and how does this affect him?


Helpful tips to write your paper:

Begin by pre-writing your ideas about similarities between the texts, and explore the use of symbolism in both texts, or anything else you find significant. Ask yourself: What is symbolic in the text? What are moral lapses in the various characters?  How do moments in one text compare with the other?

For the paper itself, I will be looking for a strong topic sentence, serving as your argument/thesis. Ill also look for you to work your argument through the paper, using textual evidence (short quotes) to support your argument. The argument should be wrapped up in conclusion sentence. Of course, Ill also look for grammar, style, citations, and a work cited page.*

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Minimum Word Count- 300 words

Format: ONE PARAGRAPH, standard MLA heading, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font.

*Note: For the work cited page, you should use the following information for the citation of this work. “Soldier’s Home” is a short story from The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. The publisher is Scribner, based out of New York. The publication date is 1954, and this was originally in printed book format.

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