Hemingway - The theme which Ernest Hemingway expressed in...

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The theme which Ernest Hemingway expressed in his short story, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” is one which presents his spiritual view of human existence. Closely related to theory of existentialism, Hemingway draws upon our meaninglessness and need to busy ourselves in life. Hemingway’s basic belief stems from a life without God, having to set standards for oneself, and finding ways to deter from truth of our existence. This central idea is illustrated in, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” through Hemingway’s use of symbolism and play on words. This story focuses on a quant, pleasant café bar in which two waiters, one young and one old, interact with an elderly drunken man. The very idea of venturing to a ‘clean and well-lighted place’ establishes a connection between the experienced waiter and the elderly man. “I am of those who like to stay late at the café, with all those who do not want to go to bed. With all those who need a light for the night” (300). Both men prefer such a setting to an extent, which it becomes a safe-haven and a comfort zone for them.
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