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The nada in a clean well lighted

However, when readers look for deeper insight, they can find how meaningful this story is.

NADA IN HEMINGWAY'S "A CLEAN, WELL-LIGHTED PLACE"

The author's diction gradually brings the readers to a higher level of understanding the reality of life. The truth is buried underneath the storythe emotional darkness, eventual isolation, and existential depression caused by the nada, the nothingness.

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

Emotional darkness is the first component that must be unfolded when analyzing the theme of the story. The symbol of an empty, meaningless life, emotional darkness, surrounds the old man and the older waiter.

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They both are victims of fear, inner loneliness, hopelessness, and "nada. For them, the cafe with all its light and cleanliness is as the only little oasis in darkness where they can forget their fears.

  • He mentions the importance to some people of having "a clean, well-lighted place" in which they can spend time;
  • Some lived in it and never felt it but he knew it was nada y pues nada y pues nada;
  • He mentions the importance to some people of having "a clean, well-lighted place" in which they can spend time;
  • He knows what it is to feel emptiness, to live on a deserted island.

The old waiter says, "This is a clean and pleasant cafe. It is well lighted.

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The light is very good. Unfortunately, the light which calms their nerves and brings warmth to their souls is temporary. Their lack of confidence does not let them defeat the overwhelming darkness in their lives. Eventual isolation from life is another image the author uses to convey "nada. The repetition of key words, such as "the old man sitting in the shadow," implies the depths of the loneliness the old man suffers and the intensity of his separation from the rest of the world 175.

The same idea is portrayed by the old man's deafness. He "liked to sit late because he was deaf and now at night it was quiet and he felt the difference" 174. He is not just literally deaf, but deaf to the world. The older waiter understands this.

He knows what it is to feel emptiness, to live on a deserted island. In contrast with the younger waiter who has "youth, confidence, and a job" as well as a wifethe older waiter lacks "everything but work" 177. The old waiter goes home as late as possible and only falls asleep as the light comes in.

  • Again the old man asks for another brandy, but this time the young man tells him the cafe is closed;
  • All he has now is monotony, routine, sleepless nights;
  • The older waiter can only utter the following prayer;
  • Unfortunately, the light which calms their nerves and brings warmth to their souls is temporary;
  • Some lived in it and never felt it but he knew it was nada y pues nada y pues nada;
  • This is why the old waiter is one "of those who like to stay late at the cafe" 177.

Existential depression is yet another technique Hemingway uses to convey the story's underlying theme. A loss of faith erases any chance of having a normal life.

  1. Maybe it is Hemingway's voice.
  2. The symbol of an empty, meaningless life, emotional darkness, surrounds the old man and the older waiter. For them, the cafe with all its light and cleanliness is as the only little oasis in darkness where they can forget their fears.
  3. This is why the old waiter is one "of those who like to stay late at the cafe" 177.
  4. The same idea is portrayed by the old man's deafness.
  5. The young waiter wants to hurry home to his wife; the older waiter is more thoughtful.

The old man's attempt to commit suicide, and the old waiter's interpretation of the Lord's Prayer, are the symptoms of the depression they both suffer. The older waiter can only utter the following prayer: Give us this nada our daily nada and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas and nada us not into nada but deliver us from nada; pues nada" 177.

The only thing that keeps the older waiter alive is his job. The old man's dignity is all that he has left. Everything else is just "a nothing. This is why the old waiter is one "of those who like to stay late at the cafe" 177. They are trying to escape the wreck of nada, the nothingness that comes with existential depression. However, the author shows a way to escape the pain of "nada.

  1. He muses on youth and observes that he is now one "of those who like to stay late in the cafe," likening himself to the old man. He is not just literally deaf, but deaf to the world.
  2. The young waiter wants the patron to go home, and complains that he never gets to bed before three o'clock, while the older waiter is more understanding of the old man's plight.
  3. Everything else is just "a nothing. They are trying to escape the wreck of nada, the nothingness that comes with existential depression.
  4. Nearby, two waiters, one young, the other older, talk about him. Give us this nada our daily nada and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas and nada us not into nada but deliver us from nada; pues nada.