Discuss the Relationship Between Character and Theme in “a Clean, Well-Lighted Place”
What is the most fearful emotion? That is emotionless. What is the most troubled thing? That is nothing. What will you feel after experiencing so much crazy murder and facing unreasonable death? In Hemingway’s “A Clean, Well-lighted Place”, he shows us the loneliness, isolation, meaningless, death and futility of modern life those poor survivors of the world war one are facing through the description on the three main characters. Using his unique writing skills, Hemingway describes the character with short, plain and clean language, giving us a deep impression. Setting is one of the most important elements in “A …show more content…
We can see from the conversation, both the old man and the young man are aimless, emotion-less and disconnected. They lack the ability to communicate:
"He's drunk now," he said.
"He's drunk every night."
"What did he want to kill himself for?"
"How should I know."
"How did he do it?"
"He hung himself with a rope."
"Who cut him down?"
"Why did they do it?"
"Fear for his soul."
"How much money has he got?" "He's got plenty."
"He must be eighty years old."
"Anyway I should say he was eighty."
The young waiter describes the old man’s suicide without emotional words, all he says about old man’s suicide are “he was in despair” “nothing” “he has plenty of money”. He just describes with little empathy. There is evidence in