Ernest Hemingway was a Nobel Prize winning Author who was forced to cope with a great deal of strife and hardship throughout his life. He served in World War 1 and sustained injuries that would shape the early years of his life. He was married to four different women, and appeared to have problems created from his desire to adventure and travel the world. In 1933 when he wrote “A Clean Well Lighted place” he was going through an adventurous time of his life, and preparing to enter his third marriage. He seemed to be dealing with problems surrounding the development of his adult life.
In Hemingway’s “A clean Well Light Place” the story depicts the different stages of a man’s life, and he accomplishes this by controlling the point of view of the story. Rather than telling a story that is open to interpretation, he tells the audience the important facts and details of why people are acting the way that they chose. This use of third person omniscient prevents us from misconstruing the interactions between the main characters.
The Old Man
The story is based around the interaction of three different men at different stages in their life. The old man is the one example of a character that is not highly influenced by the point of view of the story. The reader learns that he is lonely and miserable only because of what the waiters have previously learned about him through their interactions. The story expands on their interactions in the pretext by saying, “The two waiters inside the café knew that the old man was a little drunk, and while he was a good client they knew that if he became too drunk he would leave without paying, so they kept watch on him” (Hemingway, 2013). It only appears that they h...
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...ough information to conclude that the older waiter does not truly believe nothing is the cause of his problems. Some of the issues he can see the old man coping with he himself has to deal with.
The story goes through multiple stages of character development, and the only control of the interaction is the details that could possibly be missed if they were not provided through the proper use of the third person omniscient point of view. The message that was meant to be carried through might be lost as characters were shut out, but rather than allowing that to happen we are reminded that these acts are motivated by the character’s experiences and beliefs. The story is based around a somewhat confusing interaction between three main characters, but the reader is anchored to the story through use of details that would be easily missed if not obviously stated.
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