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by Ernest Hemingway

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In "The Soldier's Home," what is the conlict?

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The central conflict of Hemingway's story "Soldier's Home" is the problem of Krebs's re-entry into his old life after what he experienced in World War I. While Krebs desires to speak with someone about his experiences during the war, he finds that he is too late. Many of the other soldiers have already returned to his home in Oklahoma. So, to get anyone to listen, Krebs finds that he must lie. But, because he lies, Krebs acquires a distaste for all that he has experienced. It is only when he runs into another man who has also been a soldier that Krebs feels comfortable, and they speak honestly with one another. 

After having been gone for years, Krebs finds that he cannot relate to most people. Therefore, he does not want to enter into any kind of relationship. When he goes to town, he finds that the young women do not appeal to him. "He did not want to get into the intrigue and the politics. . . . He did not want to tell any more lies. It wasn't worth it." Nor does he want "any...

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