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Emotional Detachment in "Soldier's Home"

Summary: Harold Krebs, a young war veteran who has returned home from the fighting in Europe, represents the theme of emotional detachment in Ernest Hemingway's short story "Soldier's Home." Having experienced the complications associated with war, and unable to feel emotionally close to anyone, Krebs wishes to live a simple life without complications, commitments, or consequences. Breakfast at his family's table, however, proves the complicated nature of that wish.
A photo of Krebs during World War I shows him with a corporal and two German girls on the Rhine River. One's first thought of this picture may be of a lighthearted sightseeing trip on leave from the front. However, in the photograph, Krebs and the other corporal are described as "too big for their uniforms," the German girls as "not beautiful," and the Rhine does not even appear in the photograph (154). This is how Ernest Hemingway begins "Soldier's Home," the story of a young war veteran named Harold Krebs who has recently returned home. Everything that Krebs says and does is to make his life as smooth and have as few complications as possible, more than likely a stark contrast to his life in Europe.

Krebs is a detached being who just wants to keep his life as uncomplicated as possible. He doesn't receive the same hearty...

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