Analysis Of A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

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“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway is a powerful and efficient investigation about the meaning of life. This story is about a young and older waiter in a Spanish café waiting for an old man to leave before closing. What they didn’t know was that the old man had recently attempted to commit suicide last week, but was rescued by his niece. It was getting late and the younger waiter wanted to close up the café and throw the old man out already. However, in the other hand, the older waiter wanted to reflect on the differences between a well-lit place such as the café and a dark smoky bodega known as a bar. A moral from this story to reflect on would be that there are many people struggling from despair everyday, but humanity should …show more content…
This quote implies that humans can carry a lot of selflessness and become empty vessels when they don’t have truthful lives. At this point in life, it felt as if both of the older men felt that the value of their existence was insignificant. The older waiter expressed, “...Our nada who art in nada, nada be thy name…daily nada and nada us our nada…hail nothing full of nothing is with thee…” (Hemingway, 6). The moment, the older waiter substituted the Spanish word “nada” meaning nothing, into his prayers to God, it made him feel connected because its part of his religion. His religion which several of people turn to, are in hopes of seeking to find a meaning in those prayers, but the older waiter can’t and on purpose defines the prayer into …show more content…
Insomnia is a condition that prevents you from sleeping. This condition can play a symbol of negativity in this story, which seems to ruin peoples lives and it seems to never go away. The older waiter reasons himself by thinking that “many must have it.” The quotation mark means that several of people in the world suffer from a vague sense of nothingness that can plague them. The older waiter is not alone though, perhaps the old man is also afraid of sleeping or can’t sleep. Maybe that is why he wants to stay at the café at night. The old man prefers to stay somewhere quiet rather than being at home and trying to

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