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"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" Critical Analysis

Honors English 9


on 19 November 2014

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Transcript of "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" Critical Analysis

"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" What is Nothingness? As people get older, they start to question the real meaning to life; is there a meaning or is everything simply nothing? Real World Connection By using contextual information from Ernest
Hemingway's life and stories, we can conclude that he developed a strong sense of how nothingness can be found in the somethings of everyday life.
Hemingway effectively presents this theme in his writing through the verbal dialogue and inner monologue of his characters Ernest Hemingway As a person In the Text Hemingway explores the idea of nothingness through the thoughts of his character, the older waiter, and effectively creates a philosophical and thought provoking atmosphere in the story through exposing the inner workings of his character. In his Life - Childhood: uneventful, secure
- Served in WWI as an ambulance driver in Italy
- Was injured in Italy and returned to America, where he became interested in writing again
- Traveled all over Europe
- Adventurous, passionate, intense, risk-taker As an author - Known for his style and themes in writing
- Considered part of the Modernists' movement in European literature
- Refined writing skills while in Paris
- Stories draw from adventures or everyday life experiences Summary - Two Waiters and an old man
- Younger waiter is rude to the old man and eventually kicks him out
- Both waiters leave early
- As older waiter leaves, he contemplates the old man and the young waiter and the meaning behind the actions of both Mainly consists of dialogue and narration of older waiter “Our nada, who are in nada, nada be thy name, thy kingdom nada, they will be nada, in nada as it is in nada. Give us this nada, our daily nada, and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas, and nada us no into nada, but deliver us from nada...” (Hemingway 5) Throughout Hemingway's life, he considered himself many things. First, a child, then, a soldier, later, an author, and with that package came an adventurer. The one thing he never thought he'd see in himself was an old man.
However, later in his life, Hemingway began to show signs of aging both in his habits and his writing. Hemingway experienced the true brunt of nothingness as he was faced with the possibility of having poor eye-sight and not being to properly write again. This situation eventually led him to commit suicide. As the story suggests, nothing can be found in almost everything in life, but, as Hemingway subtly suggests throughout his stories, it's searching for the meaning that is truly the goal. As Hoffman says in his literary criticism, it is often the nature of old men to question their value, and in turn, the material and non-material in their lives.
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