These two stories are based off the First World War, on individual soldiers that survived to war, if not survived it to an extent. Even though these stories are based on opposing sides of the War, their arrival home is very similar.
Paul Bäumer who died a month before the war ended. Was sent on leave mid war to go and visit home. But he didn’t feel at home. Nothing felt the same and society itself felt different.
Harold Krebs who returned home from the War and survived. As he got home it also felt different. Nothing felt the same, only the simple things, like the placement of objects.
These two soldiers either survived or didn’t, they shared the same emotions towards home. “Nothing had changed in the town” from Krebs, he didn’t feel at home, he felt different. Socially, it felt like no one would listen to him, same emotions shared with Paul. They both did not want to talk about the war, regular people would not understand how awful it really was, and the things that they saw in front of their eyes.
It was tough for Krebs to get comfortable at home, “Had been able to make him feel cool and clear inside himself” Said by Krebs on the first page. Krebs secretly enjoyed fighting in the War. But he couldn’t say that to anyone, he had to stay quiet. When coming home, he felt un welcomed, and people were not interested in hearing his stories.
Krebs started to share false stories, and lies, that other soldiers experienced, but he personally did not. He did this because he wanted people to be interested and thankful for him, and did that by lying.
Paul and Krebs both share the emotions of coming home. Krebs missed being in combat, and didn’t like being back home, and Paul was out of place and damaged emotionally. They both shared a reaction that was similar, but different meaning, stories, and causes behind it.