All Quiet in the Western Front and Soldier´s Home Comparison

It is not hard to find resemblances between Paul and Krebs, it is so easy in fact that I don’t even believe its worth to have the aim of this paper focus on how they are similar. Rather, I would like to explore how different they are, and how WWI did not only take their innocence, but also their homes.

From the beginning of Paul’s story, he desperately wanted to hang on to his identity, to avoid losing his home after all of death he witnessed. We don’t know much about the time Krebs’ spent serving, we do know that he visited many major sites where large battles were fought; it isn’t crazy to assume that Krebs also saw just as many atrocities as Paul did. A striking difference between the two is that Krebs does not seam as affected by that as Paul did, so much in fact that while you read “Soldiers Home”, part of you thinks that Krebs wished he was still in the army. This is not to say that the war didn’t affect him, but after what he witnessed, its safe to assume he now thought the only place he could feel at home, was in the battlefield.

Home is a very ironic term used in both stories. Both Paul and Krebs no longer feel like the place they came from is home anymore. This is something in which both Paul and Krebs share a remarkable resemblance. They both don’t quite feel home anymore, they are both misunderstood by their families and both, if you take this in a more philosophical term, never got their home back. Some might say that Krebs got the happy ending Paul was denied, but in my opinion, Paul’s end was much better than the end Krebs got. Though Paul lost all his friends and a man he considered a brother, he didn’t have to live the rest of his live in a society that would never understand him. Krebs was stuck in a place that no longer felt like home, with people who didn’t understand him and with stories people no longer wished to hear.

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