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A Clean Well Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway
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Oct 17, 10


Hemingway was very adept in writing about the human condition. The theme of this short story is of despair and loneliness. Hemingway portrays the "Clean Well-Lighted Place" as a refuge for an elderly man who struggles with his existence. This man is a regular customer of this establishment and drinks into the wee hours of the morning when all the other customers have gone home. The dialogue between the two waiters express their different views on what it is be lonely and to feel like there is nothing meaningful in your life. The elderly man sets the stage for the dialogue.
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