The word home can be defined in a variety of ways. Many writers use different techniques to control their style of diction. This allows the Arthur to choose how the reader will define a particular word in a story. In “Eveline” by James Joyce and the “Soldiers Home” by Ernest Hemingway both Arthur’s use the word home to depict different meanings. The word home can be compared and contrasted by Krebs in the “Soldiers Home” and Eveline in “Eveline” because they both have similar but different interpretations of home. Home, in comparison, for Krebs and Eveline is shown greatly through their mothers and fathers attitudes, but on the other hand they both have different situations which force them to make a decision to stay or leave home.
Krebs’s and Eveline’s mothers and fathers attitudes are similar in many ways, which provides information leading anyone into their state of home. Eveline’s father “[began] to threaten her and say what he [will]” not do for her because she was unmotivated to move on in life (Eveline 428).
Krebs and Eveline motivation towards moving to a new home was forced by both of their father’s threats. Krebs’s father also showed force because he “always wanted the car to be at his command” (Hemingway 140).
The functions of both fathers had a huge impact on the way Krebs and Eveline lived in their home. On the other hand the mother’s of Krebs and Eveline where somewhat different in the way they treated the children at home. Eveline “[promises] to her mother” that she will “keep the home together as long as she could” (Eveline 429).
Eveline, having been raised Catholic endured a very dutiful and obedient childhood. As she had dreams and expectations of a life outside of this one, she would soon come to find the promise she has made to her dying mother, as well as to God would become more daunting a task then she could overcome. The oppressive honor of the past, struggles with Eveline s desire for a happier life. Eveline along ...
The mother’s of Eveline and Krebs try to keep their children at home by making them feel wanted. This is explained better when Krebs and his mother “[kneel] down beside the dinning-room table and Krebs’s mother [prays]” for him to make it safely home. The mother’s of Krebs and Eveline are similar in the way they both treat their children. By this the comparison of home is greatly shown in the attitudes of both the mothers and Fathers of Krebs and Eveline.
Home, as seen with the “Soldiers Home” and “Eveline”, can portray many things to someone, but how an Arthur chooses to use a word can force a totally different outcome. Krebs parents do not “[allow] him to drive the car” which only makes Krebs home worse because he can not do as he pleases (Hemingway 143).
The situation Krebs is put in makes him unpleased with his parents and eventually is one of the key factors in his decision to leave home. In contrast Eveline “would be on the sea with Frank streaming toward Buenos Aires” so she could find happiness (Eveline 430).
Eveline’s dreams of leaving home where much different than Krebs but the end result of her situation would leave her at home. Krebs’s decision would have him packing to “go to Kansas City and get a job”(Hemingway 144) but for Eveline her procrastination of leaving home gave Frank “no sign of love or farewell or recognition” (Eveline 430).
The two predicaments these protagonists are in have them both making opposing decisions about where their home truly is.
The protagonists in the “Solders Home” and “Eveline” format a new meaning for the word home. The way Krebs and Eveline provide similar but different interpretations of home is how the reader is able to decide what this means for themselves. Home for Krebs and Eveline can be compared through their mothers and fathers attitude, but the meaning of home can be contrasted between the two by the situations that they are each forced into making.