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The Light of the Heart After reading Hemingways A Clean Well-Lighted Place I can easily imagine an old man walking lonely deep in the night That picture is lasting in my mind for so long which do not easily go away The story takes place at a caf in a late night When everyone has left there is still an old deaf man drinking all alone Through the story Hemingway has used many symbols to emphasize his theme Such as the light and the dark night are symbolizing life and death Also the title itself is a meaningful symbol A Clean Well-Lighted Place represents living with dignity By using these symbols the author portrays three main characters in order to show peoples loneliness and emptiness towards aging The three main characters in the story are the old man and the two waiters Actually the character of the old man is told by the conversation of the two waiters Such as Last week he tried to commit suicideHe was in despair He has plenty of money These conversations tell the background of the old man But as a reader we do not know if it is true because it is told by the two waiters not by the character himself Through those conversations it has showed peoples curiosity and judgement on this old stranger I find it interesting that when one waiter asks another about the old mans despair and the other says it was nothing because the old man has plenty of money Because people are in different ages and having different lives they tend to feel and think differently For being a waiter especially a young waiter all he needs and worries are about money He has a wife and a family he has his youth and confidence He probably thinks that with a little bit more money his life will not needanything else This is by the young waiters
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