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Ernest Hemingways short story A Clean Well-Lighted Place is one about loneliness and half way searches for friendship companionship The author uses the clean well-lighted place as a place of belongingness and acceptance in a world of loneliness darkness and cruelty In this story the characters setting and tone of the story all work together to express its theme of the continual search for the purpose of life The characters in the story seem quite different from each other in the beginning but as the story continues you can begin to see them in one another In the beginning of the story we meet two waiters and an old deaf man The younger of the two waiters is a very impatient and hurried man He doesnt want to stay at the cafeacute any longer than he has to because he wants to get home to his wife He sees the cafeacute as just a place of work and nothing more The older of the two waiters is a calm and unhurried man He doesnt mind being at the cafeacute past hours and doesnt mind other people being there either He sees the cafeacute as an important part of his life if not his whole life and it is more than just a place of work I am of those who like to stay late at the cafeacute With all those who do not want to go to bed With all those who need a light for the night Jackson 2 177 The old deaf man is indirectly described as a drunk and an alcoholic He is a very solitary soul who outwardly seems content with that The old deaf man and the older waiter are really very similar They both like to drink around other people to keep from feeling alone They both view the cafeacute as a place they can go to escape from their lonesome lives Although not stated or made obvious
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