Theme Of A Clean Well-Lighted Place By Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 21, 1899. He was the first born in his family, his father was a physician and his mother was a Christian scientist. Ernest Hemingway got his first experience with writing while he was attending school writing for the school’s newspaper (Mangum). Hemingway worked for the Kansas City Star as a journalist but realized his passion for fiction (“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”). In 1918, Hemingway was 18 years old and became a volunteer ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. Hemingway was soon sent to the battlefield where he got a fatal leg wound. Hemingway met and fell in love with a nurse named Agnes Von Kuroki when he was sent to an American Hospital in Milan (Magnum). Hemingway returned …show more content…
Hemingway shows the old waiter express sympathy for the old man, wanting to keep the café open longer so the old man has a place to stay to get away from the despair he feels (“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”). Hemingway gives meaning to the phrase “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” in his short story “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”:
The phrase “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” has become a code for whatever refuge modern beings choose to help them make it through the night and withstand the enveloping darkness. (Werlock) Hemingway’s title of the short story plays a big part in what the meaning is. By creating a story, the phrase “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” represents a place the old man uses to escape his despair.
Hemingway uses two prominent symbols in his story to give meaning to a place and the term “nothing.” The word “Nada” is used through a bulk of the story by the old waiter. Hemingway uses the word “Nada” to represent his attitude of his works like characters associated with death and finding no meaning to their lives. The old waiter identified his despair as “nothing” (“A Clean, Well-Lighted
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As people, we look for a clean, well-lighted place. Somewhere where we can escape the daily struggles we go through and diminishes any trace of reality. Hemingway writes what we all experience, even if you make a story out of it. In “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” the old and young waiters represent the opinions of escaping your problems or just living with them. Hemingway’s short story gives the reader a look that a place that is comfortable and relaxing to the person, is a clean, well-lighted

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