What do the characters' emotions and behavior reveal about their psychological states in "Soldier's Home"?

Harold Krebs's emotions and behavior in "Soldier's Home" reveal his struggles to assimilate back into a world of civility following his experiences in World War I, which no one wants to hear about.

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The third person limited narration really allows readers access to the emotional state of Harold Krebs, who has recently returned home from fighting in World War I. Harold feels completely alienated by a world that he feels he no longer fits into. There are few people who could possibly understand all that he's experienced and even fewer who are willing to really listen. In order to assimilate, Harold finds himself telling people what they want to hear instead of the truth, and this further disgusts him with his own character. He becomes determined to therefore tell no further lies by avoiding a sense of intimacy with anyone, which he extends to his own family.

Harold is trying to make sense of a world which no longer makes any sense; after all, he was sent to battle as an entire world waged war on itself. He needs time to simply process all he has seen, heard, and experienced; yet the world rushes him to move on and find success in civil life.

Harold's mother is concerned for her son yet...

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