The old man is also deaf, which is an explanation as to the heightened other senses. The old man never expressed this, but the older waiter, with the ability to peer into the other characters, explains the need for the café to the younger waiter. “I am of those who like to stay late at the café, the older waiter said. With all those who do not want to go to bed. With all those who need a light for the night…You do not understand.
The younger waiter has no sympathy for the old man. The younger waiter believes the old man’s life is worth nothing. The younger waiter fears becoming like the old man. The younger waiter suggests to the older waiter that the old man would have been better off if he had succeeded in killing himself. The younger waiter wants the old man to leave the café, so the young waiter won’t have to consider the nothingness in his own life (Hemingway).
I never get into bed before three o'clock.” On the other hand, the older waiter sympathizes with the m... ... middle of paper ... ...the older waiter. The older waiter is transitioning through the two stages of life that the younger waiter and the old man represent. The older waiter is in deep though and then closes the story with, “After all, he said to himself, it's probably only insomnia. Many must have it.” He just dismisses that he is growing older and lonelier and says that he just has insomnia. Our story’s antagonist is the younger waiter.
Not for love or because she valued him. The young waiter thinks that the old man "has no regard for those that work" (Hemingway 174), knowing that he a lot of money. The old man is lonely unlike the young waiter who wanted to go home to his wife. The young waiter pours the drink carelessly with no regard for the old man not realizing the value of the café to the old man. The old man has nowhere to go after dark.
The Old man is deaf, and had recently tried to commit suicide although he is a pleasant customer; the two waiters must watch him to ensure that he doesn't get too drunk, because he will leave without paying. As the two waiters in the cafe play close attention to the Old man the Younger waiter is clearly upset because the Old man will most likely be staying all night, and he is anxious to go home and see his wife. The Younger waiter wonders why it is that the Old man tried to kill himself and says to the deaf Old man that he should have killed himself last week, but the Old man simply asks for more brandy. After going back to the table where the two waiters had been sitting together, he asks the Older waiter why the Old man tried to kill himself. However, the Older waiter was not certain and replied by stating that it was because of despair and that he tried to hang himself and was found and cut down by his niece.
The old waiter also uses his wisdom when he offers the young waiter advice. The old waiter suggests that the young waiter forget about his lack of confidence and youth and move on with his priorities (Hemingway 4). The old waiter demonstrates his wisdom once more on his journey home after working at his clean cafe. He notices that the bar where he has sat down for a small drink is very bright, but dirty. He then contemplates laying in bed and getting a restful sleep during the daytime.
I chose to read and write about Hemingway's "A Clean Well-Lighted Place". Here is a summary of what happens. Two waiters in a Spanish café are waiting one night for their last customer, an old man, to leave. As they wait, they talk about the old man's recent suicide attempt. The younger waiter is impatient to leave and tells the dead old man he wishes the suicide attempt had been successful.
The older man yet asks for another drink but the young waiter in hurry denies the old man because he just wants to close the cafe and go home to his wife. The old man pays and leaves the cafe drunk but with respect and orderly. After the old man has left the t... ... middle of paper ... ..." (9 Hemingway). Old age because the short story demonstrates that the old man attempt for suicide shows his willingness to escape his loneliness, which comes with age. Hemingway implies that no matter how much money you have you will most likely end up a lonely person.
With all of Hemingway’s elements of writing these are the most becoming of his typical writing style. They create a very broad sense for the reader and make it very imperative for one to become a central part of the story. Though he is a very exemplary writer Hemingway employs very artistic and almost novel forms of writing to his works of literature. Works Cited Cover Page Hemingway, Ernest. “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”.
For example, when the younger waiter boasts about his youth and confidence, the older waiter jealously replies, “I have never had confidence and I am not young”(Hemingway 161). The older waiter goes on further to illustrate that all he has is work. The older waiter later displays his loneliness through his compassion for the old man and others like himself. For instance, when the younger waiter remarks that he wishes to go home for the night, the older waiter says, “I am reluctant to close up because there may be some one who needs the cafe” (Hemingway 161). Through the author's comparison of the old man and the older waiter, he reveals the waiter's loneliness and desire for youth.