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Ernest Hemingway “a Clean, Well-Lighted Place” vs. “Soldiers Home”

  • Date Submitted: 05/11/2011 06:24 AM
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One of the most interesting authors in modern American literature is without a doubt Ernest Hemingway.   Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1899; he started writing at the age of seventeen for a newspaper office in Kansas City. When the United States entered World War I, he joined in as a volunteer ambulance driver for the Italian army.   Upon his return to the United States he worked for many Canadian and American newspapers.   He started writing his novels in the 20's and you can see in his works that his life experiences influenced his writing very much.   Hemingway was an avid sportsman.   In every aspect of his life he was highly decorated; in war he earned a Silver Medal of Military Valor (c. WWI), and a Bronze star (1947); in writing he earned the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea (1953), the Nobel Prize for Literature (1954), and was honored as the Top Reporter of the Last Hundred Years by the Kansas City Star in 1999.  
Two of Hemingway’s early works were “Soldier's Home” (1925) and “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” (1926). In Soldier's Home we meet Krebs, a young man who has recently returned home from WWI who is having trouble adjusting to life after the war.   In A Clean, Well-Lighted Place you are brought in to a café where two waiters wait for their last customer, a deaf old man, to leave. Both of these stories deal with men that felt alone in their lives and struggled to understand why.   Isolation is the core feeling in both of these stories, both Krebs and the old man desire people in their lives but have trouble relating to people on a personal level.   Krebs desire is women, he fells himself being drawn to them but, has never fallen in love with one.   The old def man has experienced love and the love of his life has passed away, and now the loneliness consumes everything that he understands.
“Solder's Home” takes place in 1919 in a solder's home.   Throughout the tale we travel onto his front porch where he watches people pass by, and...


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