In fact, because there is no plot, Hemingway enables us to focus absolutely on the story's meaning — that is, in a world characterized by nothingness, what possible action could take place? He takes the old man his brandy. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. I think the character you pick is fairly telling about your time and place in life. Many of these are considered classics of American literature. What is the purpose of such repetition? GradeSaver, 10 December 2010 Web.
Who brought through his writtings new meanings and stages to despair. It is clean and bright and can be a source of comfort to those like the old man and himself. Everett Kynes enjoys his guitar and his scotch in his apartment, then calmly speaks with the chancellor. Came through in such short pages. It was not a fear or dread. He cannot achieve even the dignity that the old man at the cafe possessed; he also knows that he will not sleep. For the young waiter, money solves all problems.
In addition, the waiter expresses a sentiment common to most existentialists and nihilists: God does not exist. The rhythm of Hemingway's descriptive language is masterful, his sentences like little incantations, and while the dialog might seem a bit stylized--you can't quite imagine people talking this way--it has a unique spare beauty to it nonetheless, like a stylized church painting. A god in the mind of the desperate who cannot feel his presence; nothing. That the young waiter may find that his wife has also have tried to kill herself. One waiter is worried that the military police will lock the soldier up for being out so late at night. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations.
However, I appreciate that he tackles difficult topics in a way that confronts the darkest aspects of the human experience. It was all nothing and a man was nothing. He notes to the barman that the bar is unpolished, and then he wanders out. It's one of the most heartbreaking, intimate stories I've ever read and it captures a lifetime of humility, loneliness, and our ability as humans to be both the source of pain and salvation for each other - all in 3 pages. On paper, Germany and Austria lost the war, and England and France won. And the old man does leave with dignity. Nihilism is a related belief system that posits, generally, that life is meaningless, futile, and without morality, and that, contrary to existentialism, no system of meaning or morality can be imposed on it by individuals or anyone else.
He saw and felt firsthand the effects of World War I and the severe economic and spiritual depression it caused. The older waiter continues thinking to himself about how important it is for a café to be clean and well lit. At first, the individual lives confidently and unthinkingly, accepting the conventions of job and family as sufficient to give meaning to his or her in this case, his life, but as he gets older, he begins to question the types of meaning that have been imposed on his existence and finds them hollow. In terms of imagery, the story uses a number of contrasts to enhance its philosophical meaning: youth and age, darkness and light, cleanness and filthiness, noise and quiet, and nature shadows of leaves and manmade objects coffee machine. The human being trying to find meaning in the context of human nature's absurdity; nothing.
Thus, our principles and our actions are everything: if we fail to live up to our principles, then life is truly meaningless. The younger waiter is insensitive to this and just wants the old man to leave. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms. The younger waiter refuses to offer the old man another drink, saying that he wants to go home to his wife who is waiting in bed for him. Examine closely the last paragraph of the story.
He does not realize that other people are searching for meaning, searching for a reason to go on living to the next day. The younger waiter tells the older waiter that the old man is drunk, then asks again why he tried to kill himself. And, once more, the economy of words cannot tame the torrent of emotions that can take ove What did he fear? The bartender offers another drink, but the waiter leaves. The old man who drinks brandy at the clean, well-lighted cafe is literally deaf, just as he is metaphorically deaf to the outmoded traditions of Christianity and Christian promises: He cannot hear them any more. When the old man drinks, he sometimes forgets to pay the bill. However, the fact that the waiter must leave the café and go home, which depresses him and makes him unable to sleep, implies that he is unable to live his entire life adhering to this system of light, cleanness and order, and indicates the fact that his own attempt to impose meaning and structure on his life is futile.
That it is dangerous to be on the streets at that time in the morning. Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. The old waiter also knows fear. What is important in the story is not only the condition of nothingness in the world but the way that the old man and the old waiter feel and respond to this nothingness. Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee. However, nothingness is the reason that the old man comes to the cafe every night and drinks until he is drunk.
He knows that he will now go home and fall asleep when the sun comes up. However, you are not required to answer these questions in writing. Or run to their wives or husbands, pitying those less fortunate, thinking that they will never feel that kind of despair. Its distinctive in the sense that the cafe is needed by this old drunk man who recently attempted suicide and another, but there must be more that just don't know about this cafe. Plot Overview An old man sits alone at night in a café. The soldier is hoping to have sex with the girl.
Can it still move us or does it seem hopelessly stilted and dated? What does the café represent for the two of them? Although they both work as waiters in the same café, they are very different. Its just story about nothingness and how there is nothing in this world. But this does not mean that life must be meaningless. Thus, Hemingway's real subject matter is the feeling of man's condition of nothingness — and not the nothingness itself. The old man pays and walks away.