In the short story ?Soldier?s Home? by Ernest Hemingway, Harold Krebs is a lonely, almost purposeless man who has returned home from war. In the short story ?The Eighty-Yard Run? by Irwin Shaw, Christian Darling is a married ex-football player now living in New York. These two men have many similarities in their lives as well as some differences.
Krebs and Darling both had some very close similarities. First, both stories took place during the1920?s. Krebs and Darling both played in some type of field. One was a football field, the other was a battlefield. They both had an interest in women, to say the least. The saddest similarity these two men had was that they both seemed so terribly lonely and complacent after their days on the field. Often, both Krebs and Darling sat at home and let life slip by as they reflected on their past. Krebs would enjoy sitting on his porch at home and watching the young women walk down the street. After losing his job, Darling enjoyed sitting at home drinking and staring at his wife?s paintings that he disliked. I felt badly that both of these men chose to live their lives like that.
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