Moreover, one of the waiters identifies himself with the old man. The story uses elements such as characters and symbolism. There are three main characters in the story and all of them are static. One of the characters is a young waiter with an unknown age.
However, when readers look for deeper insight, they can find how meaningful this story is. The truth is buried underneath the storythe emotional darkness, eventual isolation, and existential depression caused by the nada, the nothingness.
Emotional darkness is the first component that must be unfolded when analyzing the theme of the story. The symbol of an empty, meaningless life, emotional darkness, surrounds the old man and the older waiter.
They both are victims of fear, inner loneliness, hopelessness, and "nada. For them, the cafe with all its light and cleanliness is as the only little oasis in darkness where they can forget their fears. The old waiter says, "This is a clean and pleasant cafe.
It is well lighted. The light is very good. Unfortunately, the light which calms their nerves and brings warmth to their souls is temporary. Their lack of confidence does not let them defeat the overwhelming darkness in their lives.
Eventual isolation from life is another image the author uses to convey "nada. The repetition of key words, such as "the old man sitting in the shadow," implies the depths of the loneliness the old man suffers and the intensity of his separation from the rest of the world He "liked to sit late because he was deaf and now at night it was quiet and he felt the difference" He is not just literally deaf, but deaf to the world.
The older waiter understands this. He knows what it is to feel emptiness, to live on a deserted island. In contrast with the younger waiter who has "youth, confidence, and a job" as well as a wifethe older waiter lacks "everything but work" The old waiter goes home as late as possible and only falls asleep as the light comes in.
A loss of faith erases any chance of having a normal life. The older waiter can only utter the following prayer: Give us this nada our daily nada and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas and nada us not into nada but deliver us from nada; pues nada" The only thing that keeps the older waiter alive is his job.
Everything else is just "a nothing. This is why the old waiter is one "of those who like to stay late at the cafe" They are trying to escape the wreck of nada, the nothingness that comes with existential depression.
However, the author shows a way to escape the pain of "nada."A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" "The Capital of the World" "Hills Like White Elephants" "The Killers" "In Another Country" "A Day's Wait" "Fathers and Sons" These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of Ernest Hemingway's short stories.
In the Ernest Hemingway short story A Clean, Well-Lighted Place we have the theme of loneliness, despair, escape, connection and nihilism. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and begins with the reader being introduced to the three main characters.
One of Ernest Hemingway’s shortest stories, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” has been the subject of considerable critical analysis, much of . Characters and Symbolisms in “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” Ernest Hemingway’s Short story “A Clean Well-Lighted Place” is about two cafe waiters analyzing an old man’s behavior.
Moreover, one of the waiters identifies himself with the old man. “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” was written in , by Ernest Hemingway.
The main characters in the story are two waiters, one old, one young and an older man who is their customer in the café on the evening the story takes place. The underlying theme of Ernest Hemingway's 'Hills Like White Elephants' deals with the difficulties a couple, particularly the female, has in facing an unexpected and ultimately unwanted pregnancy.