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Ali Zandi A Clean Well-Lighted Place This is a Detailed Interpretation of A Clean Well-Lighted Place written by Hemingway in 1933 The story involves two waiters talking about their feelings and their different views of life Hemingway uses an old man sitting in the caf as a supporting character to help show the waiters different views of life this is shown as they talk about the old man As we continue reading the story we learn many things about the characteristics of the two waiters It is clear that the older waiter seems to have sympathy for the old man where the younger waiter does not like the nasty old man As the two waiters keep an eye on the old man so he wont get up and leave the younger waiter says Last Week he tried to commit suicide The older waiter asks why and the younger tells him that he was in despair about nothing because he had plenty of money therefore he had no reason to kill himself At this point the older waiter stops the conversation immediately I believe this is due to the fact that after hearing the younger waiters response he realizes they have nothing in common and to continue this conversation would be useless The older waiter seems to have more knowledge about life everybody and everything around him The younger waiter cares only for himself and will not sacrifice anything for anybody We realize these characteristics by the small details in the story For example when they notice the soldier walking by with a girl the older waiters comments the guard will pick him up However the younger waiters response is what does it matter if he gets what hes after The older waiter indeed has more knowledge of his surroundings The younger waiter does not trouble himself to think too deeply about things that have nothing to do with him There
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