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Analyzing Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"

Ii need some help analyzing this short story.

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This is a dark and depressing vignette. I would suggest prompt number two to answer, because it addressed the religious aspects of the story, and being a preacher's daughter, I felt more assured of an expressive answer. You may, of course, choose any of the prompts that you like. The question is: What is the meaning of the old waiter's "prayer" on p. 202? Given the view of human existence that is expressed, what is the role and significance of the café?

The waiter's prayer is an agnostic version of the Lord's Prayer, with the significant nouns replaced by the Spanish word "nada" meaning literally "nothing." What the old waiter is expressing in his prayer is that there is nothing in this life, or in the next (assuming that there is one) to look forward to, or worse, nothing to hope for. There is no divine (and in his case, mortal, either) presence to help and guide, ...

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Analyzing meaning in Hemingway's short story "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" exploring loneliness and faith, or lack thereof.