Soldier's Home

This study guide will help you analyze the text “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemingway. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message.

Title: “Soldier’s Home”
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Published in: “In Our Time” (collection)
Date of Publication: 1925
Genre: Short Story

American author and journalist Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a Nobel Laureate in Literature and is mostly known for modernizing American literature by introducing new narrative techniques. Themes frequently explored in his short stories and novels are war, fatalistic heroism, and existential crises.

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Symbols

A couple of symbols further enhance the story’s narrative quality and aid readers better understand its themes and messages.

The clothes – namely the army uniform and the outfits of girls – become in the short story symbolic of two worlds and two types of conformism and compliance. The Army uniform is a symbol of uniformity and of obeying military orders. The clothes of the girls are a symbol of compliance with fashion and thus with the style and opinion of the majority.

The father’s car is both a symbol of maturity and stability. The fact that the car is the same one even after the war suggests stability. Before the war, Krebs was not allowed to take the car, but when he returns his father grants him the permission to drive it. This suggests that driving the car becomes a symbol of adulthood and maturity.

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