Choose one of the following passages, then write an essay explaining the significance of the passage. The word count does not include the mandatory works cited list. A strong essay will demonstrate close reading skills and will relate the concerns of the passage to the broader concerns of the story.
1. Ernest Hemingway, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”:
The old man sitting in the shadow rapped on his saucer with his glass. The younger waiter went over to him.
“What do you want?”
The old man looked at him. “Another brandy,” he said.
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“You’ll be drunk,” the waiter said. The old man looked at him. The waiter went away.
“He’ll stay all night,” he said to his colleague. “I’m sleepy now. I never get into bed before three o’clock. He should have killed himself last week.”
The waiter took the brandy bottle and another saucer from the counter inside the café and marched out to the old man’s table. He put down the saucer and poured the glass full of brandy.
“You should have killed yourself last week,” he said to the deaf man. (153–54)