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Born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois, near Chicago, Ernest Hemingway was the second of six children. His father, a doctor, loved hunting and fishing and quickly taught these loves to young Hemingway. He gave Hemingway his first gun when he was just ten. When Hemingway finished high school, World War I was raging across Europe, and he wanted to enlist in the army.
His father forbade him from enlisting, however, so Hemingway became a reporter for the Kansas City Star, where he began to hone his writing skills. Eventually, he grew restless and became an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in Italy. SummaryLate in the early morning hours, in a Spanish cafe, an old man drinks brandy. Oh yeah, and well-lighted. 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. Because he does not believe in God,religion offers him no solace. He gains a small measureof relief from his bleak, anxiety-ridden life by workingas a waiter in a clean, pleasant cafe with brightlights.Publication. It ends at abar in the same town. The time is the 1920s or early1930s.CharactersOlder Waiter: Employee of aYou are using an outdated browserYour browser, an old version of Internet Explorer, is not fully supported by Quizlet.Please download a newer web browser to improve your experience.Google ChromeMozilla Firefox.
The external conflict is between the young waiter and the old man and the old waiter. The young waiter wants the old man to leave so he can close the cafe and go home to his wife. The internal conflict is that the older waiter believes in nothing. He does not believe in God. The old waiter is a round character because we know the most about him. He feels lonely, he feels sorry for lonely people.
He sees himself in the old man. The niece is the woman who takes care of the old deaf man. The younger waiter has a wife he wants to go home to and enjoy her company. The role of women is to comfort men and take care of them, andSorry, your browser is not supported. eNotes requires Internet Explorer 9 or greater.
Please upgrade your browserto use eNotes.We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your visiting.eNotes Support. He is deaf and likes when the night grows still. One waiter tells the other that the old man tried to kill himself because he was in despair. The waiters look at the empty tables and the old man, who sits in the shadow of a tree. They see a couple walk by, a soldier with a girl. Nearby, two waiters, one young, the other older, talk about him.
When the old man orders another brandy, the young waiter purposefully overfills his glass. The older waiter also briTheme and SettingA clean well lighted place by Ernest Hemingway has a few themes that stand out clearly but the one theme that stands out to me is despair. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, despair means to lose all hope or confidence.
In the story, the older waiter and the old deaf man somehow share a common bond of despair. Both men are of age and like to be out, late at night, alone. Asides from the story alone, the theme of the story can be brought out by the setting. The setting contributes to the mood of the story, to the structure of the story, and to the lesson of the story. Sorry, your browser is not supported.
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