Why Does The Old Man Come To The Cafe?
“A Clean Well Lighted Place”
Answer all completely and in sentence form. Remember to back up your ideas with specific references to the story.
1. Why does the old man come to the café?
The old man visits the café for solitude. The narrator states “the old man liked to site late because…it was quiet and he felt the difference.” Even though he is deaf, the old man went to the café for peace and quiet. The narrator also stated the old man tried to kill himself the week before. It is possible that the old man wanted to get away from whatever demons hunts him when he gets home, and the was a clean well light place to do that.
2. What do we find out about his situation in life? Whom does he live with?
From the conversation between the two …show more content…
Do you think the young waiter is much different from young people today? Explain.
The young waiter is similar to today’s young people. Today’s young people are quite selfish and pay little regard to others and their suffering. From my experience as a cashier at the Home Depot my colleagues and I would also watch the clock and hurry customers when it was close to closing time.
5. Why doesn’t the older waiter go home after work?
The older waiter does not want to go home because he is lonely. The reader knows this because he stated “he would go home to his room,” which suggests he lives alone. He describes himself as some who “do not want to go to bed” and so prefers to stay late at a café, seeking a “light for the night.”
6. What does his prayer indicate about him?
The older waiter’s blasphemy rendition on the Lord’s Prayer indicates he does not believe there is a supreme being. He mocks the prayer by referring to God as nada (nothing). The older waiter does not believe there is a greater purpose to …show more content…
Hemingway uses very little description with most of the story being a dialogue between the two waiters. When the younger waiter tells the old man “you should have killed yourself last week” there was no disapproving rebuttal from the older waiter. It was just stated and the story went on. Also, Hemingway does not seem to favour one character over the other and describes each of them without judgement. Hemingway does not sympathize with any of the characters. He describes them in a very matter of fact manner. The old man is drunk but dignified, the young waiter is hurried and unsympathetic, and the older waiter is an empathetic pessimist. Each character has their unique situation but the writer’s feelings towards them are