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In the story "Soldier's Home," what is the theme? theme

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I see two primary themes in Ernest Hemingway's short story, "Soldier's Home." One is the how fear can paralyze and take everything from you, and the other is how conformity can leave one isolated.

Hemingway offers many details that show conformity, both in Krebs's conformity and the conformity of the people of the town, including Krebs's family. The conformity of the townspeople is evidenced in several lines, such as, "Nothing was changed in the town except the young girls had grown up." Additionally, "They all wore sweaters and shirtwaists with round Dutch collars. It was a pattern." It is also evidenced in the paragraph where the narrator states that nearly every soldier posed with a girl in pictures, but it wasn't truly a relationship. That is another example of conformity. Another example is when Harold's mother starts talking to him about getting a job, citing all the other soldiers who have gotten jobs and were earning respectable incomes. Krebs had been in a world of conformity,...

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