Hemingway/"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"
A 3 page essay that discusses the theme that Hemingway, in this narrative, captures the pathos of lives that encompass nothing, that is, they have no relationships to give life meaning and purpose. Hemingway develops this complex theme through the dialogue of two waiters as they wait for their last customer, an old man, to finish his night of drinking. This dialogue establishes the character of both the older waiter and the younger one. Furthermore, it informs the reader about the circumstances pertaining to the elderly customer, and also shows the reader that the older waiter understands the customer because his own life is so similar. The older waiter, like the customer, has a life built on nothing in which a man survives by holding on to what he can, such as the soul nourishing benefits of a clean, well-lighted café. Bibliography lists 3 sources.