Literary analysis of a clean well lighted place by ernest hemingway
SummaryLate in the early morning hours, in a Spanish cafe, an old man drinks brandy. The ideas expressed in this short story represent the post World War 1 thinking of Hemingway, and the notoriously nihilistic Lost Generation in Paris, which was greatly influenced by the many traumas of war. Learning from his unnerving experiences in battle, Hemingway enforces the idea that all humans will inevitably fade into eternal nothingness and everything valued by humans is worthless.
He develops this idea by creating a brilliant mockery of two coveted religious documents, revealing authority figures as typical, despicable, human beings, and he reduces life into the most raw, simplistic, and frightening reality imaginable. Hemingway states that all humans will naturalSorry, your browser is not supported. eNotes requires Internet Explorer 9 or greater. 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.