Whats the significance of the setting in "Soldier's Home"? Ernest Hemingway's "Soldier's Home"

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In the short story “A Soldier’s Home,” Hemingway discusses the plight of Krebs, a soldier who returns from his tour of duty in the First World War to his hometown. The title of the story highlights its main concern: "home." For Krebs, this is no longer a straightforward concept. Now, Krebs finds his own existence in his hometown similar to his existence on the front. "Home" is complicated, confusing, and difficult. The people here do not understand him.

The story is set in a small town in Kansas that fits all the parameters of a comfortable place to live in the early twentieth century, but Hemingway depicts a stark contrast between Krebs's experience here before the war and his experience after. In Frank L. Baum's stories, "there's no place like home," but Krebs cannot sympathize with this sentiment when it comes to his Kansas. He cannot return from his experiences to be his mother's son again. Indeed, he states that he feels more...

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