Analysis Of A Clean Well-Lighted Place By Ernest Hemingway

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"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place", written by Ernest Hemingway, is a story about three men who each are at a nice café with different live are all unhappy. Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois and then moved to Paris in 1922 (165). He was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist and published "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" in 1933 (165). The story is a fiction story in which the author tells his readers how he feels about the world and it’s never ending miseries. Throughout the dialogue, Hemingway explains how having a nice place to go to will not make you happy, and uses his sad characters to demonstrate his point. He states that there is no god and there is nothing after life. In Hemingway 's story "A Clean, Well-Lighted …show more content…
For instance, when the old man first arrived at the bar the two waiters watched him very close from the beginning. They knew he was a good client, but they also knew “if he became too drunk he would leave without paying” (166). Another example of his direct style is when the two waiters were talking, the young waiter said that the old man should have killed himself; then, he walked over and told the old man “You should have killed yourself last week” (166). The young waiter also said, “I don’t want to look at him. I wish he would go home. He has no regard for those who must work” (166).Finally, when one of the waiters said “Last week he tried to commit suicide,” and the other asked “why”, he responded, “He was in despair” (165). Basically, Hemingway style is direct and we saw it throughout his dialogue of never ending …show more content…
In “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” Hemingway uses the characters to communicate this idea. The old man had nothing in life because his wife died. He went to the café because it was a clean, well-lighted place but he “left walking unsteadily but with dignity and still lonely” (167). The old man tried to drink his problems away but that was only temporary and when he woke up the next morning he was just as lonely. The young waiter was not like the old man. He had everything going for him. He had a wife, a job, and a nice place to go to everyday. Even though he had it all he was still not happy. The old waiter had more in common with the old man. He feared that he had nothing. He feared it was nothing that he knew too well and thinks there is nothing in the world for him. No matter what you have in life, there are always going to be its

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