The two stories, “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemingway and “How to Tell a True War Story” by Tim O’Brien, have two different writing styles that impact the reader in different ways. The main focus of this essay is to compare and contrast the writing styles of the two stories.
Ernest Hemingway’s “Soldier’s Home” is about a man in conflict with the past and present events in his life. A young man, known as Harold Krebs, struggles to find a balance in the beliefs of his past and present. The images of war shattered many of his past beliefs, so he struggles to find his current beliefs. Krebs’s parents, like most parents, raised their son with beliefs very close to their own. “Krebs went to the war from a Methodist college in Kansas” (152) and was previously taught not to cheat, lie, steal, or kill, and was also taught the "Power" of prayer. Krebs was a Marine and was sent over to fight in the First World War. During the war, Krebs put aside most of his beliefs and did as he pleased. Due to the nature of war, he was forced to kill the enemy troops or be killed himself. He watched most of his fellow servicemen die on the battlefield. After the war, Krebs tried to bury the emotional pain he felt through his relationships with various women. All these attempts failed. He returned home after a few years to his family, where a mother who wanted Krebs to refresh his faith and settle down, a sister who wanted to feel love from her brother, and an unforgiving father who wanted Krebs to support himself. Krebs tries to find his lost faith in God, to tackle his inability to love, and to find his way back into a normal routine.
Ernest Hemingway was trying to convey his own self image when he wrote about "Krebs" in his short story, "A Soldier's Home". Through this story, Hemingway tried to shed light on the life of a soldier. Though he was not a soldier himself, he probably heard many stories f...