Soldier’s Home

by

Ernest Hemingway

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Krebs’s Father Character Analysis

Though Krebs’s father never appears in the story, he is mentioned several times. When Krebs’s mother implores Krebs to get a job, for instance, she is relaying something that his father had asked her to say to him. She then tells her son to stop by his father’s office, which he does not do. His resistance implies a resentment of and aversion to the traditionally male working sphere that his father represents. Where Krebs seems to fail at what is expected of men—he can neither talk to girls nor get a job—His father, who seems quite conventionally and stereotypically male in the story, represents the opposite. His working at his office poses an especially stark juxtaposition to Krebs’ being at home; his father’s absence calls attention to the fact that, based on traditional gender roles, the home is not where a man should be.

Krebs’s Father Quotes in Soldier’s Home

The Soldier’s Home quotes below are all either spoken by Krebs’s Father or refer to Krebs’s Father. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of Soldier’s Home published in 1998.
Soldier’s Home Quotes

“Your father does not want to hamper your freedom. He thinks you should be allowed to drive the car. If you want to take some of the nice girls out riding with you, we are only too pleased.”

Related Characters: Harold Krebs, Krebs’s Father
Related Symbols: The Car, The Girls
Page Number: 115
Explanation and Analysis:

“So his mother prayed for him and then they stood up and Krebs kissed his mother and went out of the house. He had tried so to keep his life from being complicated. Still, none of it had touched him…He wanted his life to go smoothly. It had just gotten going that way. Well, that was over now, anyway. He would go to the schoolyard and watch Helen play indoor baseball.”

Page Number: 113
Explanation and Analysis:
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Krebs’s Father Character Timeline in Soldier’s Home

The timeline below shows where the character Krebs’s Father appears in Soldier’s Home. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...and his mother tries to listen to his stories but doesn’t have the attention span. His father is “non-committal.” (full context)
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Krebs’s father , who works in real estate, has a motor car that Krebs was not allowed... (full context)
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...at home, Krebs’s mother comes into his bedroom and tells him that she talked with his father . They’ve decided to let Krebs take the family car out in the evenings. Krebs... (full context)
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...City Star, and he opens it. His mother tells him not to “muss it” because his father likes reading it. (full context)
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...a job and a girl and is finally settling down. She wants Krebs to drive his father’s car, take girls out in the evenings, and find a job. She then says that... (full context)
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...to appease his mother, as he feels sorry for her. He will not go to his father’s office, however, because he wants his life “to go smoothly.” He “would” go over to... (full context)