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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Well-Lighted Place Ernest A Clean, A deaf old man Hemingway by Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" is a great example of his iceberg theory, where 7/ths of the meaning lies beneath the surface. Homelessness, and the need for "a clean, well-lighted place" A clean, well- lighted café was a very different thing. Now without thinking further, he would go home to his room. He would lie in bed and finally, with daylight, he would go to sleep. After all, he said to himself, it is probably only insomnia. Many must have it. A reoccurring theme in Hemingway's writing is homelessnessthat all sheltersare fragile and only last for a short time. The old man and the older waiter arehomeless, and find refuge in the café (with the alternative being "nada,"disorganization, the fear of insignificance). World War I The shift in world view andin Hemingway Modernists sits in the shadows at a café late at night. A younger waiter and an older waiter are waitingfor him to finish drinking so they can close up. The previous week, the old man tried to commit suicide, to which the younger waiter says for no reason. The younger waiter wants to go home to his wife and sleep, while the olderwaiter is reluctant to close the café in case anyone needs it for the night. After the old man and the youngerwaiter leave, he prays to "nada," nothingness. And withthe sun rising, he gets to bed and goes to sleep. The The distinguishing characteristic of Hemingway in comparison to other modernists is his ability to use language to construct a precise sense of place, while simultaneously reminding the reader that all places of refuge aretemporary. Iceberg Theory Nighthawks World War I by Edward Hooper Hemingway served as an ambulance driver on the Italian front in the war.It is often debated in literature whether or not veterans really "come home"from war.In language, the term "shell shock" was coined to describe the post traumatic stress soldiers had upon return. Impact on language and Hemingway
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