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Meaning in A Clean Well-Lighted Place Many stories use symbols to hint to a deeper meaning or moral to the story Authors have long used literary techniques such as similes metaphors and even words connotations to achieve these goals In A Clean Well-Lighted Place Ernest Hemmingway uses many symbols including the setting to convey his purpose in this short story This storys images and details are used to illustrate the loneliness of old age One of the first of such symbols mentioned is the old mans deafness which is relative to his loneliness The deafness is a symbol of how the old are cut off from the rest of the world The old man cant hear spiteful remarks such as you should have killed yourself and perhaps he doesnt care because of the nothingness or futility of life he has realized in his old age During the day the streets were busy and dusty but at night the dew settled the dust and the old man liked to sit late because he was deaf now and at night it was quiet and he felt the difference The dust symbolizes the mans hazy perceptions through his deafness During the day the old man is constantly reminded what he is missing through his deafness but he could feel the calmness and tranquility of the night Hemmingway also uses an excellent contrast of light and dark to further illustrate the loneliness of old age The man sits in his place of refuge the caf in the shadow of the leavesthat moved slightly in the wind The man is still in the shadows of loneliness but feels temporary relief from the light that peeks out from the leaves as the wind blows The old man can see the comfort and companionship of youth as illustrated by the light shining on a soldier as he passes with a girl At this time the old man sitting in the shadow called
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