A Clean, Well Lighted Place By Ernest Hemingway

1024 WordsMay 1, 20175 Pages
When profound emotions and heartfelt experiences lay beneath a narrative subtext, a simple short story can become an elaborate puzzle where one continues to discover new pieces. Ernest Hemingway’s, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” is a fascinating short story that has a powerful theme of ‘nothingness’ and ‘loneliness’ enveloped beneath its dialogue. This short story’s re-readability pulls us, the reader, back into its’ text just to discover that a specific character’s dialogue could elude to yet another much darker theme. Hemingway’s writing is minimalistic, consisting of numerous underlying subtext the reader needs to interpret for themselves; however, the writing style contrived throughout the short story grasps the readers every thought…show more content…
Naming the short story “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” is the perfect description for what the café represents. The café is a sanctuary, therefore a little place to escape from the nothingness laying within some of the characters. A bar couldn’t compare to the beautiful, bright, clean, and calming effects the café has, consequently there is where the gentlemen and the older waiter wasn’t subjected to feel alone. They did not force themselves to be uncomfortable in a loud dark bar, and to the older waiter, drinking at the café was still somewhat dignified (Hemingway). The elderly man has a place to drink, forget about his worries even for a minute moment in the night. Suicide, an action only attempted by those who have nothing left to live for. The word ‘nothing’, or ‘nada’, appears numerous times within the short story. The first time ‘nothing’ was said, the waiters are discussing the man’s attempt on suicide (Hemingway). On an individual’s first time reading the short story they may not acknowledge how significant the word ‘nothing’ is, as the young waiter’s harsh response to his despair; for how can the old man be in despair when "He has plenty of money" (Hemingway). However, looking deeper into the contexts, the word nothing can be foreshowing giving the reader a glimpse into the role nothingness, loneliness, and ‘lack of’ has throughout the short story. We the readers can tell there is something emotional and deep missing from
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