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What is the significance of the word "nada" in Hemingways "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"?

The word "nada" in the story stands for the nothingness that the waiter who is not in a hurry fears. He understands the old man's desire to drink in a clean, well-lighted place, though the old man...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2017 1:05 am UTC

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What is the tone and style of "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"?

The tone of "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" by American writer Ernest Hemingway is a matter-of-fact, direct tone. It is an unbiased reporting by Hemingway of this story stored in his mind, as if it...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2015 9:12 pm UTC

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What is the moral lesson of the story "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" by Ernest Hemingway?

Each of the three characters in "A Clean Well-Lighted Place" by Ernest Hemingway is in a different stage of life: the young waiter, the older waiter, and the old man. As in any work, several...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2013 6:15 pm UTC

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What does the soldier in Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" symbolize?

At the beginning of Ernest Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," the two waiters are discussing the old man's suicide attempt. It is then that they see the soldier. A girl and a soldier went...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2019 11:08 am UTC

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How would I compare the attitudes of the younger and older waiter toward the old man in "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"?

Using Hemingway's own words, the young waiter is "the waiter who was in a hurry," while the old waiter is the "unhurried waiter." That is, the young waiter exists in the present tense of his youth;...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2011 2:37 pm UTC

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What is important about the title of Ernest Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"?    

The title of Ernest Hemingway's short story, "A Clean Well-Lighted Place," on the surface refers to the old man's preference of the night life available in the town. Unlike the younger waiter, who...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2011 3:15 am UTC

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How is the setting of "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" related to its theme?

This story is set in a cafe late at night—or, more specifically, at a little after two o'clock in the morning. An old man sits at a table in the otherwise empty terrace of the cafe "in the shadow...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019 9:41 pm UTC

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What are some symbols in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place besides the cafe?

One symbol is the absence of the cafe. In other words, this absence represents nothing or "nada" as it is said in the story. The old man seems to have nothing. His wife is gone; his only solace is...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2015 1:04 pm UTC

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Who is talking to the reader? From which perspective is the story told, "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"?

Technically, Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" is written, for the most part, with the point of view of the omniscient narrator: it is this narrator who is talking to the reader. However,...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2015 12:49 am UTC

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In "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," where does the story climax, and what are the falling action and resolution?

The climax of "A Clean Well-Lighted Place" is as quiet and subtle as the story itself. Throughout the story, the young waiter wants to close the cafe early, while the older waiter wants to remain...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2009 7:17 pm UTC

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What characteristics of modernism are there in "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"?

Modernist writing rejected the Victorian and Edwardian omniscient, or all-knowing, narrator, believing that this form of narration did not accurately reflect a reality in which knowledge is...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2020 2:54 am UTC

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What is an example of imagery and allegory used in "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" by Hemingway?  

In "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," Hemingway uses his sparse prose to evoke imagery of a warm, welcoming café in the darkness. One motif he uses in multiple ways throughout this story is light. When...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020 4:36 am UTC

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Give some examples of why a "Clean Well Lighted Place" has been called a story of contrasts.

An apparently simple story with a plot that involves two waiters in a cafe who wait for their shifts to end, the underlying philosophical message is, on the other hand, a complex existential one....

Latest answer posted October 1, 2015 4:23 am UTC

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In "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," why does the older waiter like to keep the café open late into the night?

The old waiter likes to keep the cafe open until late at night because it provides a refuge or safe haven for people against the nothingness and darkness of the outer world. It is quiet, without...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2017 12:47 am UTC

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What is the significance of the title in "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"? Why is a clean place that is well-lighted...

The famous short story "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" by Ernest Hemingway tells of an old man who sits late at a cafe drinking brandy and the two waiters who serve him. One of the waiters is young...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2019 7:33 pm UTC

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What is the nature of conflict in "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"?

The nature of the conflict in Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" is essentially existential. With minimal authorial intervention, it is left to the reader to determine what struggles exist...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2010 6:00 am UTC

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What repetitions of words/phrases in "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" seem particularly effective, and how do these...

Hemingway is often referred to as a minimalist; his understated manner of expression in objective and terse prose characterizes his desire to describe without frills, and without the imposition of...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2009 3:18 pm UTC

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How does the title of "A Clean, Well-lighted Place" relate to its theme?

In Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," that is what one can hope for: a clean, well-lighted place like the little cafe. The story presents a realistic--some might say bleak--picture of...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2010 11:45 pm UTC

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Discuss the use of dialogue in Hemingway's "A Clean Well-lighted Place" and how point of view complements the use of...

Dialogue predominates the story in Hemingway's "A Clean Well-Lighted Place." The dialogue is almost exclusively between the two waiters--the waiter with a wife who is in a hurry and the old...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2011 2:26 am UTC

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What is the resolution of conflict in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place?

Ernest Hemingway's story "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" doesn't necessarily have a resolution, which gives the story greater meaning. The story's climax occurs when the older waiter replaces the...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2018 8:37 pm UTC

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What are the characteristics of the two waiters and the old man in "A Clean Well-Lighted Place"?

The young waiter is impatient, selfish, arrogant, and judgmental; he also is hateful in his treatment of the old man who drinks alone on the terrace. He wants only to close early so that he can go...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2009 6:27 am UTC

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Explain what (besides insomnia) makes the older waiter reluctant to go to bed and how it relates to his "nada"...

In Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" (1933), three characters—the young and old waiters and the drunken old man—represent three different stages of attachment to the world. The young...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2019 5:04 pm UTC

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What is the significance of insomnia in Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"?

In Hemingway's iconography, good places are clean and filled with light. We see this in "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," as well, when Harry dreams he is taken to the mountaintop, where he is at peace,...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2019 12:45 am UTC

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In "A Clean, Well Lighted Place," Hemingway repeats several words and phrases. Provide some examples of this. Why do...

The older waiter has wisdom and experience whereas the younger waiter is selfish, inexperienced and dismissive of the old man. The older waiter understands that the old man needs this simple and...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2015 2:09 am UTC

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Which are the sentences that establish the style of Hemingway's "A Clean Well-Lighted Place"?

It stands to reason that the opening sentences, particularly the first sentence, must be the ones to establish the style of a story. And this maxim is true for hemingway's "A Clean Well-Lighted...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012 4:19 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2010 1:32 am UTC

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Briefly explain what elements of Existentialism are in Hemingway's "A Clean Well-Lighted Place"  

In "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," there are existential overtones in the old man's search for the light and a clean café, the waiter's efforts to establish order by reciting the Lord's Prayer using...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2015 9:33 am UTC

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In Ernest Hemingway's short story "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," why does the older waiter replace words in the...

In Ernest Hemingway’s short story “A Clean Well-Lighted Place,” the older waiter, at the end of the story, contemplates a personal version of the Lord’s Prayer that emphasizes the idea of...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2011 2:12 pm UTC

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How do the allusions to existentialism and nihilism help the reader understand the theme of "A Clean, Well-Lighted...

Existentialism says, in brief, that life is meaninglessness but that each individual has the personal necessity to try to sort out a value system or moral system by which to live in a thus...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2012 11:39 pm UTC

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What sentences establish the style of "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" by Hemingway? What is distinctive about them?

It is always the opening sentences that set the style of well written literature. In this case, the opening sentences include the narration and dialogue as in this excerpt from the opening...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2012 2:15 pm UTC

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Why does the older waiter understand so well the old man's need for a cafe and what does the cafe represent for the...

Hemingway is presenting in "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" a picture of existential nihilism and arguing against nihilism while acknowledging the truth of existentialism. The older waiter is the...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2012 3:39 pm UTC

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Who is the protagonist in Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"?

American Heritage Dictionary explains protagonist as coming from the Greek word protagnists, which is the Greek combining form proto-, meaning first in rank or first in time, plus the root agnists,...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2011 12:02 pm UTC

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In Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" what is the significance of the old man's deafness?

an old man who sat in the shadow the leaves of the tree made against the electric light. In the day time the street was dusty, but at night the dew settled the dust and the old man liked to sit...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012 2:39 am UTC

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What different attitudes do the two waiters express about the old man?

Even though the two waiters understand that the old man is lonely and has recently attempted suicide, the younger waiter remains unsympathetic. He himself, he says, would not want to be that old;...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2018 2:35 pm UTC

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What was the purpose of altering the text of the Lord's prayer?

The word "nada" or nothing is inserted by the waiter into the Lord's Prayer to turn it into a kind of existentialist parody. The older waiter in the story personifies the story's general theme of...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2018 8:24 am UTC

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What steps are important for semantic analysis of any short story, as applied to "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" by...

This is a broad topic as semantic analysis can take many avenues of consideration, though some are more relevant to literature. Semantic analysis follows parsing, which describes language, we'll...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2012 11:01 pm UTC

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What is the thesis of "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"? 

My thesis would be that this is a story about human empathy versus human indifference. Hemingway comes down on the side of human empathy. The world may be a meaningless place that crushes people,...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019 2:39 pm UTC

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In the story "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," what is the significance of the conversation the waiters have about youth...

In Ernest Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," the primary conflict between retaining hope and the passage of time is played out as an old man sits in a cafe and two waiters discuss his...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016 1:10 am UTC

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What does the old man's deafness symbolize?

In Hemingway's "A Clean Well-Lighted Place," the fact that the man is deaf indicates that he is even more isolated from people. This deafness and age of the man may also indicate that he is losing...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2009 7:54 am UTC

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What are the similarities between Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-lighted Place" and "Soldiers Home"?

In both short stories, Hemingway captures the tragic essence of life. In "A Clean Well-Lighted Place," the older waiter whose sympathies lie with the old man point to the existential condition of a...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2012 10:42 am UTC

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Please discuss tone and style and theme in Hemingway's short story "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place."

In Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," tone reflects style. Style is the particular way an author constructs sentences and thoughts and it relates to diction and vocabulary, syntax and...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2012 1:29 pm UTC

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What is Hemingway's attitude toward his characters in  "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" and how is it revealed?

Perhaps Ernest Hemingway, in his unstated way, merely portrays the young waiter as the typical youth who is so full of life and the desires of life that he does not yet recognize the void and the...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2011 8:58 am UTC

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1) how does setting function in a story? 2)What is the theme of the story? What in the story suggests this theme?...

Here are some additional observations on setting and theme: Setting: The significance of the setting of Hemingway's story is certainly suggested in the fact that it is given the priority of being...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2014 1:53 am UTC

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Does Ernest Hemingway seem to favor a simple or an erudite vocabulary in "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"?

Ernest Hemingway always writes with a simple and almost journalistic style. In "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," he is perhaps even more minimalistic than ever. Your question refers to vocabulary, so...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2013 9:47 pm UTC

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In "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," what kind of tone and style of language does Ernest Hemingway use?

"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" is one of Hemingway's works of fiction which is set in Spain. In most of these works the dialogue is in English, but he wrote the dialogue in such a way that the...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2016 12:40 pm UTC

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I need help finding a thesis topic and sample thesis statement about symbolism in "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" by...

Thesis statements are debatable statements that make up the foundation of your argumentative essay. Before writing a strong thesis statement, you need to find a topic that interests you enough to...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2018 7:41 am UTC

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Which quotes in "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" support the theme of generational differences?

Although quite brief, "A Clean-Well-Lighted Place" is full of interpretative possibility. One theme is indeed generational difference--a conflict that was also mirrored in 1920s American and...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2009 11:20 am UTC

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Compare and contrast the short stories "A Clean Well-Lighted Place" by Ernest Hemingway and "The Bear" by William...

The first most obvious contrast between the two short stories is authorial style. Hemingway writes short sentences that are enhanced by metaphor, symbolism, and imagery. His sentences tell as much...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012 3:29 am UTC

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In Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," how do the old man and the younger waiter in the cafe help us to...

We learn about the old waiter as we compare his reaction to the old deaf man with the reaction of the young waiter. To the young waiter, the old man is nothing but an encumbrance who gets in his...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 12:45 am UTC

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In "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," whom do you expect to have more understanding, the old man or the younger waiter? Why?

To clarify, there are three characters in the story, two of whom are older than the young waiter. Hemingway's "old man" is a deaf patron of the cafe who stays late to drink alone on the terrace....

Latest answer posted March 1, 2009 3:55 pm UTC

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