Analysis of A Clean Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway's short story, "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," first published in 1933, is written in his characteristic terse style. It is the story of two waiters having a conversation in a café, just before closing up and going home for the night. They cannot leave because they still have a customer. One is anxious to get home to his wife, while the other sympathizes with the old man sitting at the table. Without realizing it, they are discussing the meaning of life. I believe that the story takes place during WWI in Spain. There is a soldier walking on the street with a girl. The waiters comment that the guard will pick them up soon if they do not get inside. It is between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. because the cafe is about to close and one of the waiters is in a hurry to get home. There are three main characters in this story. The first is a younger waiter. He is inconsiderate, cocky, impatient and selfish. He seems to think that his needs are more important than anyone else’s. When the old man asks for more brandy, the waiter tells him, “You should have killed yourself ...
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