A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

by Ernest Hemingway

Start Free Trial

Ideas for Reports and Papers

Download PDF PDF Page Citation Cite Share Link Share

Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 148

1. How realistic is the story? What is it like to work in a cafe?

2. What is it like to live in Spain?

3. Would this story have the same kind of dialogue if it were set in a bigger city? What are some of the differences between a big and a small city, with regard to the people who live there?

4. Would you consider the older waiter and the old patron to be friends? How would you define their relationship?

5. What might the younger waiter's history be? What kind of upbringing did he have, and how might he have come to be living the life he is living at the time of the story?

6. Why do people react so differently to other people's sorrows?

7. How does growing older change your perspective towards life and towards others?

8. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using an omniscient narrator?

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access

Topics for Discussion