"What’s in a Name?"—Krebs, Crabs, Kraut: The Multivalence of "Krebs" in Hemingway’s "Soldier’s Home"
Etymological approach to the significance of Krebs’s surname as metaphor. Linking Krebs with its German definition, Ulrich explores themes of mistrust, apathy, and the difficulty of reintegrating into a jingoistic society, suggesting that Krebs behaves psychically and physically like a crab, shuttling back and forth between battlefront and home front experiences. Additionally, Krebs’s name indicates his German-American identity in a culture suspicious of varying ethnicities.
Studies in Short Fiction