A clean well lighted place by ernest hemingway analysis
SummaryLate in the early morning hours, in a Spanish cafe, an old man drinks brandy. He is deaf and likes when the night grows still. One waiter tells the other that the old man tried to kill himself because he was in despair. The waiters look at the empty tables and the old man, who sits in the shadow of a tree. They see a couple walk by, a soldier with a girl. Nearby, two waiters, one young, the other older, talk about him. When the old man orders another brandy, the young waiter purposefully overfills his glass.
However, when readers look for deeper insight, they can find how meaningful this story is. The truth is buried underneath the storythe emotional darkness, eventual isolation, and existential depression caused by the nada, the nothingness.Emotional darkness is the first component that must be unfolded when analyzing the theme of the story. The symbol of an empty, meaningless life, emotional darkness, surrounds the old man and the older waiter.
Apparently, the old man attempted to hang himself the previous week, but was stopped mid-suicide by his niece. The older waiter and younger waiter debate the possible cause.Meanwhile, a soldier walks by with a young woman, presumably out beyond curfew. Critics often see these themes emerge as reflections of the cultural and spiritual malaise of the disillusioned, post- World War I Western world. And, because Hemingway is Hemingway, he manages (amazingly) to do it in under 1,500 words.
Please upgrade your browserto use eNotes.We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your visiting.eNotes Support. They discuss the fact that he tried to commit suicide the week before, but that it could not have been over anything important because he had plenty of money.The old man asks for another brandy and one of the waiters brings it to him. The two waiters discuss their customer further, saying his niece found him hanging himself and cut him down to save his soul, and that without a wife he must be lonely.One of the waiters is younger than his colleague is, and expresses impatience to clo.