Theme Of A Clean Well-Lighted Place By Ernest Hemingway
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 …show more content…
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