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ACleanWellLightedPlace
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Metaphor Analysis

The pervading metaphor in this story, is, predictably, the clean, well-lighted place.  To Hemingway, it was much more than the physical darkness that frightened him-it was the symbolic darkness of reality.  Hemingway was a modernist, a realist, and a philosopher.  He believed the ultimate purpose of life was to discover such a clean, well-lighted place to escape from the darkness of the world-the dark truth that life is without truth or meaning

So light represents any device man uses to distract himself from the darkness.  The story's image of the lighted caf� in the sea of dark nothingness perfectly symbolizes Hemingway's nihilistic view of a world with no hope, no solace, no escape save that man creates for himself.

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