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Many find sanctuary in order to run away from the world and to turn their heads away from their problems A sanctuary is a place to hide where one can live a different life than the one they lead Whether it be an actual place or a hobby to submerge themselves in a sanctuary changes their state of mind for the time being The deaf mans sanctuary is alcohol With alcohol he can intoxicate himself and leave into a different state of mind taking a temporary vacation from reality The bartenders argue what is wrong with him ignoring the real issues he might have The deaf man attempted suicide but the bartenders do not think much of it They seem to ignore that he could have tried to kill himself for deeper reasons than a lack of money or a wife The two bartenders exemplify shallow people who tend to ignore the real problems with reality In a sense their denial is their sanctuary They cannot be hurt by the harsh realities of life if they will not admit they are there Hemmingway never reveals the exact grievances within the three characters but their everyday lives are trying The deaf man lacks a wife and cannot hear The older waiter is lonely The younger waiter works at a job he dislikes with terrible hours Hemmingway shows that life itself takes a toll on oneself and that it is just not one grievance which causes the characters to find sanctuary to forget their problems The characters also find sanctuary in the little things in their lives that they can look forward to The younger waiter looks forward into going home to his wife The older waiter looks forward to the customers that walk in to the caf that are his only companions The deaf man finds comfort in death because perhaps by now the drinks are not enough to cover his reality It is the older
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