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Postwar Nihilism in 'A Clean Well-lighted Place'
An examination of the postwar nihilim in 'A Clean Well-Lighted Place'.
# 74551 | 904 words | 1 source | 2004 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2004 in Literature (American) , Political Science (General) , Philosophy (General)

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In this article, the writer offers the examination of "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place", as a look at the postwar nihilistic ideas of Hemingway and others after World War I. The writer states that many view the images of light and darkness in Hemingway's work as an escape from reality in the real world. The writer discusses the view that this story also portray Hemingway's view of society following the war.

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"It has been argued that in 'A Clean Well-Lighted Place' Hemingway uses images of light and darkness to convey the need for refuge and escape from the darkness of reality in the outside world. While this is certainly true, it is possible to look deeper into this idea and see the story as Hemingway's nihilistic view of society after the horror that was World War I. Ernest Hemingway was a modernist and a philosopher. Just as important to this argument ... "

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