He was probably drunk and alone in his house when he tried to commit suicide. Deaf, he can feel the quietness of the nighttime and the café, and although he is essentially in his own private world, sitting by himself in the café is not the same as being alone. Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published. There is a soldier walking on the street with a girl. When the sun rises they come home and sleep in the light of the sun. They view the cafe from same perspective, for they are experiencing similar feelings. After all, he can afford to sit and get drunk every night.
The reader discovers that the old man is deaf. Thus, the ambiance of the bar in contrast to the café fails to provide him with the necessary conditions for facing meaninglessness while maintaining his composure and dignity. These two characters each have something or someone to blame it upon, and each has a release or disguise for the problem. And for both them, the cafe is a place which aids them to escape from the gloomy world of despair. The contrasting views of the old waiter and the young waiter prove that young people fail to realize the feelings and loneliness of the old people. Initially, however, the comments of both waiters concerning a passing soldier and a young girl seem very much alike; they both seem to be cynical. What is important in the story is not only the condition of nothingness in the world but the way that the old man and the old waiter feel and respond to this nothingness.
It is clear that the age of the characters is also symbolic to the regression of alcoholism. He recognises himself in the old man and he knows his own life is lonely. The old man has tried to stave off despair in several unsuccessful ways. The setting in the story is a clean well-lighted cafe where a deaf old man is having his drinks. The old man and old waiter stay in the café until the morning came because they afraid of death. The young waiter mentions that the old man tried to commit suicide last week. This may be important as symbolically Hemingway may be suggesting that the old man is disconnected from others which would further emphasis the idea of loneliness.
Note, though, that neither of the old men is a passive victim. The brightness of the cafe brings light into the dark world of the deaf man. When we die, it all over or we can say that after we die, its nothing or dark. In the short story, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Hemingway exposes the attributes of his characters through narration and dialogue. He is standing at a dirty, unpolished bar.
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. The young waiter thought that the deaf man had no cause for being depressed, as he was wealthy. The old waiter tells the young waiter that the old drunk tried to kill himself last week. A clean, well-lighted place, instead of a dark, unclean bar or a bodega which may only intensifies loneliness. The older waiter knows that all that is needed sometimes to keep the loneliness and despair away is a well-lighted café. The old drunk looks up from his glass in the direction of the young waiter and asks for another brandy. Thus, in a sense, the old waiter is partially Hemingway's spokesperson because he points out that the old man leaves the cafe walking with dignity; he affirms the cleanliness of the old man.
This idea of nihilism is explored while the older waiter is talking to himself. Routine is something they can control and manage, unlike the vast nothingness that surrounds them. The younger waiter shows here that he disdains older people—considering this, it makes sense that he makes no effort to genuinely understand them. Unlike the young waiter, who is impetuous and has a wife to go home to, the old waiter is unhurried because he has no one waiting for him; he has no place to go except to his empty room. After the younger waiter go home, older waiter still argue with himself about the life, and he prefer pray to the nada or nothingness than to the god. While the was old man sitting in the cafe drinking his brandy he looks up from his glass and sees a couple in the square. He wrote this short story after experiencing the horrors of World War I.
In the original story, the reader would not be able to distinguish between the two waiters. In every stage of our lives, a new purpose unfolds and it is up to us to do something about it and make our lives more productive. Thus, Hemingway's real subject matter is the feeling of man's condition of nothingness — and not the nothingness itself. For an old, rich man to try to commit suicide over the despair of confronting nothingness is beyond the young waiter's understanding. Most Ritter have a tendency to bleed their life into their interpretations and characters. Perhaps this story was written with a direct relation and foreshadowing to what Hemmingway saw unfolding because of his own dark passenger.
It describes the difference between clean and dirty. They do not know older people's stories and the reasons why they are lonely Young people are not as wise because they haven't lived as long and do not realize that they will be old someday too. In the Ernest Hemingway short story A Clean, Well-Lighted Place we have the theme of loneliness, despair, escape, connection and nihilism. Several of his stories are about wars. Hemingway also appears to be using symbolism in the story.
After articulating life meaninglessness, the old waiter adopts the same attitude of the old drunk even inspiring derision from a bartender, just as the old drunk did. After all, he said to himself, it is probably only insomnia. The young waiter has a wife who is waiting for him in his house. Until then, he must try to cope bravely with the dark nothingness of the night. What is not as clear as Hemingway gives little insight into the old man is whether or not the old man like the older waiter believes that life is about and means nothing nihilism. I have never had confidence and I am not young. The young waiter exclaims that he and the old waiter are the same in being confident.