1.The setting is a small town in a Spanish speaking country, in a café. The idea of a well – lighted place is significant to the story because representation of “light” in the café. Light in the story in my opinion represents life or something positive for the older man. It also sets the tone for the short story allowing the story to be somewhat ominous. Rather than light being one definite answer light is more abstract and subjective. Light in the story for me represents to the older waiter represents familiarity.
2.The characters are nameless because Hemingway like the light wanted it to be subjective. Who are you in the story? the alcoholic man, the young waiter or the one who rather stay in a clean, well lighted café, not a bar. If names were added it would have taken away from the story and Hemingway didn’t want the characters to define the story but the moral of the story to.
3.The young man wants to go home and doesn’t want to give the old man anymore brandy. Whereas the other waiter doesn’t mind giving the older man more, and doesn’t mind going home at three in the morning. According to the older waiter he didn’t have confidence or wasn’t young. He also liked the well-lighted café. The purposed of the younger waiter is to contrast with the old man and the older waiter.
4.Plot: The plot is a series of events in a story.
a.Conflict: The old man continuing to drink and not leaving the café.
b.Rising Action: The younger waiter went to the old man to see what he wanted and the old man asked for more brandy. The younger waiter denied him. The older waiter gives him more, and if falls over the cup into the saucer.
c.Complications: The old man asks for more but is denied then he leaves and gives a tip.
d.Climax: The older waiter tells the younger waiter he likes to stay at the café because it is a clean, pleasant café. The younger waiter leaves.
e.Falling Action: The older man continues to talk to himself while shutting the café down, and then says he will sleep when it is daylight.
5.The theme in the story is you finding what you feel most comfortable in.
Ernest Hemingway born on July 21, 1899 to Dr. Clarence and Grace Hall Hemingway. After graduating high school in 1917 he got a job as a cub reporter given to him by his uncle. When World War I took over Hemingway was willing to go; however could not due to poor vision. So instead he volunteered with the Red Cross to drive ambulances. He was given many awards through the Italian military for his good deeds. He later went in to reporting and did very well; he then produced many short stories which include; In Our Time, and The Sun Also Rises. Throughout his life he lived in various places which include, Paris, Spain, Cuba, and Key West, which can relate to the story because it mentions the military man and the language spoken in the story.