A Clean, Well-Lighted Place Themes

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Solidarity

One of the most touching aspects of this short story is the older waiter's expressed solidarity with the old man. While the young waiter is all "youth" and "confidence," the old waiter and the old man seem overwhelmingly lonely and tired-out by life. This communality structures the older waiter's consistent thoughts of solidarity with the old man. He understands and defends him; he too prefers a clean, well-lighted cafe to a bar or bodega; he too seeks out such a place to forestall his own despair that night. The climax of this theme of solidarity is the climax of the story itself. It comes in its final line: "He disliked bars and bodegas. A clean, well-lighted cafe was a very different thing. Now, without thinking further, he went home to his room. He would lie in the bed and finally, with daylight, he would go to sleep. After...

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