In several of Hemingway's short stories, he uses one or more animals as symbols around which the story revolves. As central symbols, Hemingway's animals are the manifestations of the psychological states and emotional desire of the main characters in the stories. He uses the symbols to enable the reader to comprehend the often not stated psychological forces that motivates them. Hemingway's use of symbolism is a contribution to the richness of his characters. It provides the reader with a vehicle through which they can associate. Without them the stories would lose much of their color and clarity. In the short story "Soldiers Home," Majorie Smelstor said " the title of this story suggests a familiar American landmark and symbol, The soldier's home, a place for retired military to live and relive their war experiences" In this tale, however, the soldier's home is neither a haven for ex-soldiers nor an environment for reminiscing" (MaGill 2170). Another symbol is the lies that Kerb lives with every day. Marjorie Smelstor said "For the townspeople do not want to hear the truth about the atrocities of battle, preferring,... [continues]
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