How To Tell A True War Story Essay

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Title of Essay: “How to Tell a True War Story” vs. “Soldier’s Home” CERTIFICATION OF AUTHORSHIP: I certify that I am the author of this paper and that any assistance I received in its preparation is fully acknowledged and disclosed in the paper. I have also cited any sources from which I used data, ideas or words, either quoted directly or paraphrased. I also certify that this paper was prepared by me specifically for this course. “How to Tell a True War Story” vs. “Soldier’s Home” War is considered a behavior pattern, where organized violent conflict is engaged in between separate social entities; and there are many authors that have written stories portraying this behavior and its effects. In the stories “How to Tell a True War Story” by Tim O ‘Brien, and “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemingway, both authors illustrate to the reader the effects of war on an average person, and how that plays out on their emotional being. Both authors served time in the army, at different points in time, and they both portray in their stories the lives of young men coming back home from the war and having to face “normal” life after being traumatized by the atrocities of war. In “Soldier’s Home”, the setting takes place in Krebs’s hometown, but it’s as if Krebs doesn’t feel home, he doesn’t feel like he belongs. He comes back home from war much later than everyone else; sounds like he is avoiding coming back after being traumatized by life-and-death situations that his family and friends back home could never comprehend entirely. Hemingway reinforces the portrayal of his felling “out of place” back home by calling him by Krebs, instead of Harold (like everyone else), which could probably be a war nickname he feels more comfortable with. Krebs’s mother tries to encourage him to move forward and do something with his life, when she compares him to “Charley Simmons,

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