1. A Clear, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway 2. Published in 1926. 3. The deaf old man is the protagonist in the story. A very lonely man who always sits by himself and gets drunk at the caf'e.
He is rich, has no wife, and only his niece is there to take care of him. His language is short and simple, using nothing but incomplete sentences in his interactions with the younger waiter. 4. The elder and younger waiter are the two antagonists in the story that are having a dispute about closing the bar early so that the younger waiter can go home a sleep with his wife.
The elder waiter probably doesn't have a wife because he doesn't care to go home early, wishing to stay at the well-lit, polished caf'e just incase another client comes in for a drink wanting a drink. The elder waiter prefers to stay in the light of the caf'e than go home. He doesn't like to sleep in the dark showing that maybe he himself is a lonely person like the old man. Both waiters are flat in characters, remaining static and predictable throughout the story. There is a guard and a girl as well that pass the caf'e late that night. The guard is in uniform because one could see the polished brass number on it, under the street light.
They were in a hurry. Most likely because it was late and they were wishing to get home. Again, these two characters are also flat in the story and static. Nothing much is said about them so one can only assume what they were doing or where they were headed. Towards the end of the story the barman stays behind to close up with the elder waiter. He may be bilingual because he speaks a little Spanish and English with the waiter.
Not very much dialogue between the two characters, but the barman found way too late for a conversation with someone. 5. It was one late night at the caf'e, after everyone had already gone home to their families, except for the old deaf man who is always there late. It was well-lit except for where in the shadows of the trees where the old man always sat.
The old man was already a little drunk, as he so often liked to do there. The younger waiter was very impatient throughout his whole dialogue with the old man. He was pressed to go home early that night to his wife. Normally, he finds himself going home around three in the morning. It was a little after two then, so he was making a move to get the old man out of there. It was very quiet, late at night at the caf'e.
6. The younger was anxious to finish up at the caf'e, growing more and more impatient with the old man for sitting there and drinking drink after drink. He detests this old man because he always stays late after everyone is gone. They are obliged to keep the caf'e open for this man who is always at that hour.
The old man continues to ask for more Brandy even though the waiter does not like to get him too drunk for fear that he will forget and leave without paying the tab. Now, the young waiter had wished that the old man had killed himself the week before when he had the chance. Even though this man has money, he is deeply depressed. The young waiter cannot understand why he can be so depressed if he has 'everything'. But, the only thing is that the old man is lonely. He had a wife but now she is no longer around.
He only has his niece there to take care of him. He continues to ask for more rounds, until finally the younger waiter tells him that he is finished and he must go home. Reluctant, but finally heeds to his wish he goes home. The elder waiter the whole time does not understand the younger waiter's logic. He thinks he is acting like an old man for wanting to go home early. The elder waiter is the opposite of the younger and waiter, enjoying to stay late at the caf'e.
The elder stays after talking to the barman for a bit. Finally he leaves and finds himself in his room, lying in bed until the sun rises before he goes to sleep. Insomnia? Possibly fear of the dark. 7. This story is coming from a 3 rd person point-of -view.
This is a limited point of view. 8. The tones of the story did not change at all and in fact stayed the same throughout the whole story. In the end after the younger waiter left, the tone started to lighten up. But from the beginning until that point, the tone was very rocky between the two waiters. The dialogue between the two clearly shows that they were definitely not on the same wavelength.
The tone towards the deaf client was not a very customer friendly one either. The words said by the younger waiter to the old man or even about the old man to the waiter were not at all kind. He even told the old man right in his face that he should have commit suicide when he had the chance. 9. There was a lot of dialogue between the two waiters. A lot of the time, there was hardly even a mark of who was talking.
One had to assume and follow well to understand who was saying what. Not at all descriptive. In fact the offensive style that the waiter used towards the client made it very uncomfortable for me as a reader to read the things he said right in front of the old man's face. Even if he was deaf. In the beginning there was a long sentence to describe the scene in which the story took place. After that, it was mostly dialogue between the two waiters.
10. I feel that it was ironic that the old deaf man could feel the quietness late at night. This kind of irony is situational. Another irony is the attitude between the two waiters, one wanting to stay and the other wishing to go home. This is more of a verbal irony between the two characters, as one changes from some words in Spanish and changes back into English. 11.
The lighting that was portrayed in the story, and how the old man, even though lonely enjoyed to sit in the shadows late at night when it was most quiet. The polished number on the guard's uniform as he walked by under the street light. The inability for the elder waiter to sleep in the dark and had to wait until daylight before he could get to sleep. The ability of the old man, even though drunk, to keep from spilling any brandy on the table. 12. Money, women and working seems to be the drive for men in this world.
Yet some people still seem to remain unhappy even if they are missing only one of these aspects. When one does not have love, one has nothing. 13. I found that Ernest Hemingway created an excellent view of two different kinds of men.
The men that are always wishing that could have more and are never content. The men who have everything and are still not content. Men seem to never be fully satisfied no matter how much or how little they have.