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RESPONSE TO A CLEAN WELL-LIGHTED PLACE The old man who we will call the Gentleman-- to keep the confusion minimal between the old man and the old waiter -- in A Clean Well-Lighted Place cannot be happy without his wife The two waiters represent the Gentlemans battle of his inner consciousness The waiters portray the demons of the Gentlemans personal heaven and hell We recognize this by Hemingways use of characterization Hemingway never identifies a particular part to the extended dialogue because ultimately it is one stream of consciousness the Gentlemans This reveals everything is nothing to the old man though he has money now everything he has lost his wife nothing The Gentleman experiences purgatory in a spiritual sense on Earth through the waiters The waiters young and old represent a part of the Gentleman The young waiter represents the Gentleman in his youth by having confidence and inexperience The old waiter is just coming out of middle age and even though the old waiter is poor he still understands that the money doesnt matter Also the Gentleman can relate to the old waiter because he doesnt believe money is significant either So the more the old man drinks the more these images of his inner self come out Every night the Gentleman thinks what it would be like to be able to go home to his wife he had once been with and how the clean and pleasant caf is a waste of his time The younger waiter shows this when he says I want to go home to bed and He the Gentleman can buy a bottle and drink at home Also the two waiters go back and forth discussing money The young waiter thinks that if the Gentleman has plenty of money he shouldnt have any problems On the other hand the old waiter understands that either way if you have money or if you dont you
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