What is the ironic meaning of " soldier's home" by Ernest Hemingway?

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At the beginning of World War I, combatant soldiers, steeped in nationalism, looked at war as a way to demonstrate their courage and achieve glory. Although they didn't enter the war until 1917 and didn't see battle until the following year, American troops were no different. For many of them, the idea of war was completely illusory, as they would quickly find out. This difference between their illusions of grandeur and the catastrophic reality of the war is the ironic theme of Hemingway's short story "Soldier's Home."

Harold Krebs goes off to fight as a United States Marine from a small midwestern town, just like millions of other young American men. Krebs fights in some of the most intense battles of the war, including at the Battle of Belleau Wood, where American forces suffered more than 10,000 casualties. This represented more...

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