A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway

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Compare and contrast the three characters of A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.

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This is in respect to the ways the three characters deal with uncertainty and what they have to live for.

The old man drinks his sorrows away to forget the void in his life: the “nada.” He has already attempted suicide. He has faced despair and has decided to escape life or carefully drink away his loss in the comfort of the lighted café. The café is his crutch for dealing with his loneliness.

The older waiter understands the old man’s need for the café. And the old waiter accepts the nothing in his own life and says he has nothing except his work. His work is to be with people and provide a clean well-lighted...

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