A Clean, Well-Lighted Place | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Annette Benert

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.
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Critical Essay by Annette Benert

SOURCE: “Survival through Irony: Hemingway's ‘A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,’” in Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. XI, No. 2, Spring, 1974, pp. 181-87.

In the following essay, Benert explores Hemingway's use of imagery and characterization in “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.”

“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” has with justice been considered an archetypal Hemingway story, morally and aesthetically central to the Hemingway canon. But its crystalline structure and sparse diction have led many critics to judge the story itself a simple one, either about nothingness, “a little nada story,” or about the author's positive values, a story “lyric rather than dramatic.”1 I would like to suggest that it is in neither sense simple, but that the feelings and...

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