It was a nothing and a man was nothing too. It was all a nothing and a man was nothing too,' thus expressing that 'nothing' can be quite something, indeed. It is clear that the age of the characters is also symbolic to the regression of alcoholism. The old man and old waiter stay in the café until the morning came because they afraid of death. The middle aged barman defends the older man because he is closer to seeing himself like the old man who is a drunk lonely suicidal dark being.
Subscribe to The Sitting Bee. The old waiter is shown to be empathetic, since he carefully considers what led the old drunk to attempt suicide the week before, imagining what it must be like to be 80 and without a wife. Hemingway failure to identify the characters by name leaves the story flawed according to the literary critics. The man who takes the order thinks that the old waiter is just another crazy old man; he brings him coffee. Hemingway, like a lot of other writers during his time, was forever affected by the war. In contrast, the old drunk behaves kindly: he tips the waiter despite his rudeness and leaves with dignity, showing remarkable self-possession in a difficult situation.
The fact that the older waiter also notices that one of the counters in the bar is unpolished may also have some symbolic significance. When he finishes the prayer, the old waiter smiles and gets a drink at a nearby bar. In every stage of our lives, a new purpose unfolds and it is up to us to do something about it and make our lives more productive. He may have been married at one time. He chooses the night time to visit the cafe, for he wants to avoid the crowd that would be present in the cafe during the daytime.
He too is as lonely as the old man and if anything he seems to realise that the same fate awaits him as does the old man, that being remaining alone. Even when he is drunk, he is incredibly neat. Influenced largely by Friedrich Nietzsche, nihilism is a philosophy that calls into question the meaning of all things and even doubts the existence of meaning at all. Hemingway also appears to be using symbolism in the story. With all those who need a light for the night. The author Ernest Hemingway is one of the few people who understands this concept of a pointless life.
The author is implying that the older waiter will be in search of a drinking area, much like the cafe, after the cafe closes. The narration communicates the personality of the older waiter. The cafe with its bright interiors attracts the deaf man and the old waiter towards it, and the reason behind this attraction conveys the message of the author. The older waiter understands that the old man seeks a refuge from this aching loneliness in drunkenness and in the clean, well-lighted cafe. Deaf, he can feel the quietness of the nighttime and the café, and although he is essentially in his own private world, sitting by himself in the café is not the same as being alone.
A person who received awards for his fantastic books he wrote, not to mention being wealthy. Initially, however, the comments of both waiters concerning a passing soldier and a young girl seem very much alike; they both seem to be cynical. He was probably drunk and alone in his house when he tried to commit suicide. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. Late in the night, everyone has left the café except for an old drunk man sitting in the shadows cast by an electric light shining on tree leaves. It focuses on individuals finding a reason for living within themselves.
Here, the young waiter behaves badly: he selfishly kicks an old man out of the café before closing time, and he talks down to the man, seemingly because the man is deaf. What we know of him is that he is deaf and passes every night getting drunk at the café. For the young waiter, money solves all problems. Nothing means that after death there is no life. All the waiter sees the old man as is a rich, drunk, fool, that is tying up his sleep time.
It is also interesting that the old man still wishes that his life was over as this further suggests or highlights the idea of despair. That individual is usually left with no other alternative but to come to the realization that if he or she fails at his or her attempts such as suicide to alleviate despair, then the opportunity of finding peace and comfort is an alternative worth pursuing. Younger waiter prefers to go home and sleep with his wife. Once the old man is gone, the younger waiter closes the cafe and goes eagerly home to his wife. The second sentence also presents symbolism, exposing that the old man is deaf. People need to make their own choices for their life with nothing to believe but with a positive result for their choices. The narrator tells the reader that the old man has previously attempted to commit suicide which may be important as it introduces a sense of despair for the old man into the story.
A young waiter is angry; he wishes that the old man would leave so that he and an older waiter could close the cafe and go home. When the old waiter asks why the old man tried to commit suicide, the young waiter tells him that the old man was consumed by despair. When the young waiter asks why, the old waiter says that it cannot be for a lack of money or loneliness; the old man is well-off and lives with his niece. The title describes the difference between dark and light. The old waiter also experiences the same feelings of despair and so he also wants to stay in the cafe for more time. This hints at a generational gap in understanding life.