The Fear of Nothingness in Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"


Term Paper, 2008

11 Pages, Grade: 1,3


Abstract or Introduction

In his stylistic masterpiece, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” Ernest Hemingway confronts his readers with the omnipresent fear of nothingness. The main characters of the story show different ways of dealing with that problem, but only the older waiter is able to present a satisfying solution. By establishing a haven for all desperate people who need a dignified place to dispel their fear, the old waiter has found his meaning in life and therefore, his way to combat his fear of nothingness. According to him, life does not need to be senseless and end in despair, as long as one keeps composure and protects one’s own dignity and the dignity of others.

Details

Title
The Fear of Nothingness in Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"
College
University of Freiburg
Course
20th Century American Short Stories
Grade
1,3
Author
Year
2008
Pages
11
Catalog Number
V92405
ISBN (eBook)
9783640117994
ISBN (Book)
9783640118656
File size
496 KB
Language
English
Notes
Kommentar des Dozenten: This term paper was well-written. You show a great understanding of the story. Well done!
Keywords
Fear, Nothingness, Hemingway, Clean, Well-Lighted, Place, Century, American, Short, Stories
Quote paper
Dominik Gerhard (Author), 2008, The Fear of Nothingness in Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place", Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/92405

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