Response to literature 1

Penaloza, Abundio

Pecenkovic, Nidzara

English 102 F9-1:15 pm

March 5, 2015

“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”

            In the story, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway we are left wondering were exactly in the world the story takes place. The setting of the story is in a clean and bright café late at night possibly in a Spanish speaking country such as Spain or Columbia. We assume this story takes place in a Spanish speaking country from the passage “It all was nada y pues nada.” as well as the use the word “Bodega”.  The hidden symbolism in the story has to do with the time of the day and feelings of the characters. In the story we have two types of characters, an old character and a young character. The time of the day is late at night, possibly around midnight which to the young man symbolizes a time of neediness, but for the older man it symbolizes loneliness. This symbolism is shown for the younger man by his eagerness to go home and when he says “I have a wife waiting in bed for me.” For the older man a dark lonely night is when he feels most alone and in despair making a need of a place like a well-lighted café. The café is a symbol of light in the older characters darkened live and a sort of relief. It is a place for them to distract themselves of their emptiness in a place that does not present a depressed atmosphere. In conclusion the night symbolizes to the two older men a feeling of loneliness.


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