A Clean, Well Lighted Place By Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway is a noble prize winner that is noticed as one of the great American twentieth century writers, and is known for works like “The Sun Also Rises” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. When first reading Ernest Hemingway’s short story “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” it seemed to be a plain, emotionless, and almost not finished short story. Although, as the reader looks deeper into the short story, they realize it’s not just about a clean, quiet, well lighted café that has two employees that have trouble with customer coming late at night to drink, but that Hemingway wants the reader to focus on the story’s meaning. It’s a plotless story that through the short story of the characters going back and forth, the author builds up its…show more content…
One clue the reader acknowledges that young waiter has no regard for others life when the waiter tells the old man “‘You should have killed yourself last week,’ he said to the deaf man.” (Hemingway). The younger waiter does not lack confidence that is why he believes having money and work is all he needs so he is in a hurry to get home. One of the waiter believes that the old man would better off with a wife because all the old man has right now is his niece. The old man’s niece is the one who cares for him. This is known because as the waiters are talking about how the old man hung himself, "How did he do it? He hung himself with a rope. Who cut him down? His niece.” (Hemingway) This indicates that the old man now at his age has now grasped the idea that life has no meaning as you get older and that man is an unimportant dot in a great emptiness of nothingness.
The different mindset that each waiter had with the actions of the old man, one waiter being young, and the other getting older in age was a very important detail in the story. Telling from the way he says things and his actions waiter number one (the younger one) the reader can tell that waiter number one is confident "No, the waiter who was in a hurry said, rising from pulling down the metal shutters. I have confidence. I am all confidence." (Hemingway). Waiter number two, however,
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