It is an uncontrollable force that reduces the world to nothing. He was afraid that he might try to kill himself again. One of the waiters says the soldier had better be careful about being out because the guards just went by. You have no fear of going home before your usual hour? It clearly expresses the philosophy that underlies the Hemingway canon, dwelling on themes of death, futility, meaninglessness, and depression. Hemingway kudos to you oh depressed, existencialist lost soul.
However, you are not required to answer these questions in writing. The soldier is walking behind the girl so the police won't know that they are together. Can it still move us or does it seem hopelessly stilted and dated? The older waiter points out that the old man is clean and drinks neatly. Thus, in a sense, the old waiter is partially Hemingway's spokesperson because he points out that the old man leaves the cafe walking with dignity; he affirms the cleanliness of the old man. This question is due no later than Thursday, Sept.
Then post your answer to the English 102 Message Board by the deadline. He believed that life was inherently meaningless, and that all we could do was set high standards and adhere to them with dignity--all the while knowing that this dignity is all that keeps us from falling into despair. Just be sure your ideas are supported by the material in the story see. Examine closely the last paragraph of the story. The older seemed more patient, let the old man drink, his days are limited. He published seven novels, six short story collec Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. Does Hemingway seem to favor a simple or an erudite vocabulary? The waiter is therefore a failed existentialist, an existentialist who has succumbed to depression and despair and sunk into nihilism.
It was all a nothing and a man was nothing too. Note, though, that neither of the old men is a passive victim. But everything seems bearable while being at the café. One waiter is worried that the military police will lock the soldier up for being out so late at night. There's so much bound up in this sto Does Hemingway's writing still have power? The young waiter was shortlived and snappy in his lines. It is not until they leave the building that we find the older waiter at a complete loss.
The younger waiter says again that he wishes the old man would leave. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. They see a couple walk by, a soldier with a girl. Until then, he must try to cope bravely with the dark nothingness of the night. He is standing at a dirty, unpolished bar. The setting is a clean Spanish cafe, where two unnamed waiters — one old and one young — are discussing an old man also unnamed who comes every night, sits alone, and drinks brandy until past closing time.
Thus, our principles and our actions are everything: if we fail to live up to our principles, then life is truly meaningless. Finishing the coffee, the older waiter begins his trudge homeward. Every mortal must face loneliness. The younger waiter says there are bars to go to, but the older waiter says that the café is clean and well lit. He finds solace in clean, well-lighted cafés, and sees his future in the older man so he recognizes himself in him. We learn that he too suffers from loneliness and despair and he sees the old man in himself and he realizes that he, too, will become just like the old man.
As you can discern from my reviews over the past couple of months, I have a lot of problems with Hemingway and his writing. The two waiters close up the café and the middle-aged one again rebukes the other, saying he should have let the old man stay. We are not put on earth for any purpose--our birth is an accident. 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. Why are the speakers so seldom identified? He is worried that the old man may try to kill himself again.
Whose attitude do you take to be closer to that of the author? The waiters look at the empty tables and the old man, who sits in the shadow of a tree. The two waiters part and the younger one goes home. The younger waiter says he wants to go home, and the older waiter remarks that they are very different. Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. It was a nothing that he knew too well. But this does not mean that life must be meaningless. That the young waiter may find his wife with another man.
We must set our own standards and live by them. It was not fear or dread. An old man drinking alone. An old man drinking alone. Existentialism derives from the belief that existence is inherently meaningless and that individuals are solely responsible for giving meaning to their own lives.
Most important, however, is the emphasis on religious traditions — specifically, on the Spanish Catholic tradition, because faith in the promises of Catholicism can no longer support or console these old men. It was only that and light. A man that won't leave, a young waiter in a hurry to go home to his wife and another waiter. The middle-aged waiter goes to a bar and begins a string of introspective musings. It was not fear or dread. Hemingway was living in Paris at this time and doing a lot of travelling in Europe. He reveals that he is reluctant to close up the café each night because when he is alone he feels the presence of a great void, a nothingness of which he is afraid.