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Characters and Symbolisms in A Clean Well-Lighted Place Ernest Hemingways Short story A Clean Well-Lighted Place is about two cafe waiters analyzing an old mans behavior Moreover one of the waiters identifies himself with the old man The theme depicts the elderlys mentality that youth means confidence and a life without loneliness The story uses elements such as characters and symbolism There are three main characters in the story and all of them are static One of the characters is a young waiter with an unknown age This young man wants to go home while working but the old mans presence does not let him Im sleepy now I never get into bed before three oclock He should have killed himself last week 142 Furthermore the young waiter is very egocentric and selfish because all he hopes is the departure of the old man so that he can go to bed before three oclock Also the young waiter does not like old people I wouldnt want to be old An old man is a nasty thing 143 The author also states that the young waiter is married Hes lonely Im not lonely I have a wife waiting for me 143 There is also an older waiter who is more patient than the younger one These waiter understands the old man because he does not have a partner waiting for him at home In addition he loves staying late in the cafe because it is a peaceful unlike the bar The older waiter believes he has insomnia but it is probably an excuse because he does not want to go home and do any activity After all he
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