A Clean Well Lighted Place

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A clean well lighted place A clean well lighted place is a short story by Ernest Hemingway is a powerful and depressing investigation of the meaning of life. There are three main characters in this story and each represents a different view on the meaning of life. This story takes place late one night in a cafe. The cafe is clean, pleasant, and well lighted, which brings some kind of comfort to the atmosphere, who works two waiters with different age and different purpose in their life. The young waiter naively believes that his life has purpose, but in contrast to the old waiter, there is the old man who was drinking in the café who has nothing left to live for. The older waiter plays the part of an unbiased observer who is able to relate to both of these two extremes. One time the old man was depressed and tried to kill himself, because he has nothing to look forward. The young waiter, who doesn’t understand why the old man would want to die, says that the man has nothing to be in despair about because’’ he had plenty of money”. The young man doesn’t see any other reason for someone to kill himself or herself for any other reason besides money. He seems the café just at a place of work, but in contrast to the old man seem the well lighted place, where he “liked to sit late because he was deaf and now at night it was quiet and he felt the difference”. The younger waiter is more impatient and is ready to go home to his “wife waiting in bed.” He cares very little about the old man’s need for a dignified refuge at night. The young man believes that his life has purpose, in the form of his marriage and job. The older waiter can relate to this man, for he has nowhere to go after work as well. The waiter himself cannot find a clean well-lighted cafe of his own to pass the night. The old waiter is offended by how the young waiter has treated the old
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