A Clean Well-Lighted Place and The Love Song of J.

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A Clean Well-Lighted Place and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


When our lives begin, we are innocent and life is beautiful, but as we grow older and time
slowly and quickly passes we discover that not everything about life is quite so pleasing.
Along with the joys and happiness we experience there is also pain, sadness and
loneliness. Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," and Eliot's "The Love Song of J.
Alfred Prufrock" both tell us about older men who are experiencing these dreadful
emotions.


In Hemingway's short story there are three characters, two waiters and their customer. Of
these three, two are older men who are experiencing extreme loneliness. The customer sits
alone drinking his glasses of brandy slowly, and very carefully, peacefully becoming
drunk. While he is meticulously drinking his alcohol, the two waiters talk about him. They
discuss his suicide attempt of the week past. The younger waiter doesn't seem to
understand why a man with money would try to end his life. Although the older waiter seems
to have an insight into the customer's reason, he doesn't share this with the younger one.
He seems to know why this deaf old man is so depressed, and sits there alone and silent.
When the younger waiter rushes the customer, the older waiter objects. He knows what it is
like to go home to emptiness at night, while the younger man goes home to his wife. The
older waiter remarks on the differences between him and his younger companion when he
says, "I have never had confidence and I am not young." He tells the waiter and us that he
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