What is the climax in Hemingway's short story "The Soldier's Home"?

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dymatsuoka eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I believe the climax to the story is when Krebs's mother asks, "Don't you love your mother, dear boy?" and he answers, "No".

Although he had been feeling unhappy, aimless, and out of place since he had returned from the war, he had been drifting along, going through the motions.  He had been stagnating, spending his time sitting on the front porch, reading, just trying "to keep his life from being complicated".  The final confrontation with his mother forces Krebs to face the fact that he cannot stay.  He lies to his mother to make her feel better after he has hurt her with the truth, but is "sick and vaguely nauseated" by his duplicity.  As his mother prays over him at the end of the story, Krebs resolves to go away to Kansas City and start his life again, away from the home and family to which he can no longer belong.