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Soldier’s Home: Introduction
Soldier’s Home: Plot Summary
Soldier’s Home: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Soldier’s Home: Themes
Soldier’s Home: Quotes
Soldier’s Home: Characters
Soldier’s Home: Symbols
Soldier’s Home: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Ernest Hemingway
Historical Context of Soldier’s Home
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- Full Title: Soldier’s Home
- When Written: 1924
- Where Written: Paris, France
- When Published: 1925
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: Short story, Modernist fiction
- Setting: Krebs’ hometown in Oklahoma
- Climax: In the kitchen, when Krebs’ mother asks him if he loves her and he says no
- Antagonist: The tormenting aftereffects of war, the struggle to adjust to home, depression
- Point of View: Third person, though a very limited third person. The narrator often seems completely inside Krebs’ head, in moments that are typically called free indirect discourse.
Extra Credit for Soldier’s Home
Short film. The short story was adapted into an American short film in 1977, broadcast on PBS. It stars Richard Backus as Krebs and was directed by Robert Young.
The Kansas City Star. Krebs reads the Kansas City Star newspaper in his kitchen in the morning—the same paper that Hemingway wrote for after high school. The mention of it imbues the story with an autobiographical connection between Krebs and Hemingway.