A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway

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How do the imagery, setting, and tone in this story point to the author's sympathy toward his characters?

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The setting carries the message of the story. When the younger waiter says the cafe is the same as any bar, the older waiter tries to explain to him that the cafe is not the same as a bar because the lights are bright and the atmosphere is clean and friendly. The cafe is a haven to a person who feels the world offers him nothing because the cafe offers the possibility of hope.
The setting provides the main themes of the story of loneliness and the search...

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