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The Escape from Nothingness Nothingness is something that you cant quite put your finger on It isnt anything physical you cant see it Its more like the feeling you get when something terrible happens that makes no sense and there doesnt seem to be any way to justify it Its the feeling you get when you are tempted to almost believe that there is no meaning to anything you say or do and no meaning to the whole world that nothing matters at all But this feeling is so much more terrible than whatever happened to make you think that way in the first place that you at once banish the thought from your head and pretend it was never there In A Clean Well-Lighted Place Earnest Hemingway focuses on the need for light and order in the lives of two characters who suffer from loneliness brought on by their belief in nothing The dialog between the two waiters in the caf demonstrates their opposite attitudes towards the old drunk man The young waiter makes light conversation out of the old mans suicide attempt He mentions the attempt but couldnt care less why the old man did it Last week he the old drunk tried to commit suicide 86 The young waiter is in such a hurry to get home to his wife that he doesnt have time to care Hes lonely Im not lonely I have a wife waiting in bed for me 87 He is young has a full life and does not know how it feels to be faced with the certainty of a soon death Therefor He is unable to identify with the old drunk He shows cold indifference when he saysYou should have killed yourself last week 86 In a way the young waiters attitude is a symbol of the separation of the old man from the rest of the world which is too preoccupied with its own concerns to
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