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Hemingway_A_well_lighted_place - Professor Wilson English...

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Professor Wilson English 1B 17 September 2007 Ernest Hemingway “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” The short story “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway portrays the despair and suffering the elderly go through as they age and it shows that there is no escape from it. The American novelist Ernest Hemingway was born July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. Novels he is known for include “The Old Man and the Sea” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. “A Clean, Well- Lighted Place” was later published in a collection of short stories under the name “The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories.” In 1953, he received the Pulitzer Price for “The Old Man and the Sea” and a year later was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Despite his fame and success, Hemingway suffered from mental problems and committed suicide in 1961 by shooting himself. “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” written in form of a dialogue in 1933 takes place late at night at a Spanish café where two waiters are talking about a regular customer who tried to hang himself but was saved by his niece. The customer, an old man is deaf and therefore cannot hear what is said about him. The younger waiter forces the old man to leave by refusing him more drinks so he can close the café and go home to his wife. The story ends with the older waiter going home after having a drink himself at a bodega, knowing that he will suffer from insomnia.
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