Analysis Of Ernest Hemingway's A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

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In “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”, the setting described is dark and eerie. This setting illustrates a depressing mood and foreshadows events later in the story. An old man is drinking himself away at the cafe late at night while two waiters wait to close. The young waiter is eager to close because he is ready to go home to his wife. The old waiter is not focused on closing because he does not have a reason to go home. Also, the old waiter can relate to the old man because he does not have anyone to go home to or anywhere in particular to be. In Ernest Hemingway’s short story, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”, the old waiter’s life is related to the old man’s through an interest in suicide, seeing himself as the old man when he becomes the…show more content…
The old waiter shows that he has nothing to go home to and nothing to look forward to much like the old man. The old waiter tells the young waiter that he is “of those who like to stay late at the cafe…with all those who do not want to go to bed. With all those who need a light for the night" (Hemingway 169) to show he is in no rush to get home. The cafe is the only thing the old waiter has to look forward to much like the old man who comes to drink and watch the vacant streets. Michael Adams shows the relation between the old man and the old waiter by comparing their feelings, and he describes the old waiter as a guy who wants “ to keep the café open because someone like the old man, like the waiter himself — someone bruised by the dark, disordered world — may need it” (“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”) The old waiter shows no signs of urge to leave the cafe, and he even admits to being “reluctant to close up because there may be someone who needs the cafe” (Hemingway 169). The old waiter eventually leaves after both the old man and the young waiter have gone home. The old waiter recites the Lord’s Prayer with a slight twist in words, “our nada who art in nada, nada be thy name thy kingdom nada thy will be nada in nada as it is in nada. Give us this nada our daily nada and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas and nada us not
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