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Hemingway’s A Clean, Well-Lighted Place: The Theme of The Old

Authors use many tactics to reveal a character’s personality.  In the short story, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Hemingway exposes the attributes of his characters through narration and dialogue.  The older waiter’s characteristics are exhibited through the waiters’ conversations and the observations the narrator makes.  The author cleverly associates the older waiter with the old man. …