Rebecca West’s the return of a soldier gives a description, albeit not vivid of the impacts of war on the active participants as well as on the society at large. The book describes the lead character’s status after his engagement in war. While the war itself is only treated as an abstract phenomenon in the story, one from which most of the characters are detached, its impacts are described based on the negative outcomes that the society derives from the war. Individuals are affected differently based on the individual traits and their closeness to the victims of war. Such is the comparative case of Jenny and Kitty, who have been affected indirectly by the war, yet react differently to the situation at hand. In the story, one of the themes that come out starkly is that of trauma and its treatment.