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Reading Response #2 A Clean, Well-Lighted Place & Church Going

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EDEB111 - Reading Response #2 – “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place & Church Going” Name: Will Student ID: H-B21163-6 Date: 4th November, 2012 ________________ “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”, by Ernest Hemingway, is a very meaningful story that I have read recently. The setting of the story is two waiters and an old man, staying late in a “clean, well-lighted” café. One of the most impressive parts of the story is the modified Lord’s Player, presented by the old waiter, in which all the important words are substituted with “nada”, meaning nothing. This is definitely unpleasant to most people, in particular, the catholic. ...read more.


The “nothing” probably refers to their beliefs – with no intrinsic values anymore. In the view of the old waiter, ironically, the “clean, well-lighted café” makes his life more meaningful, rather than having faith in religion. I think, the old waiter is also complaining the fact that people are using religion as a tool – people seem to use prayers to claim that they are believers, but they turn out to be fake after all. The dark side comes when people are being instrumental about region, ie. ...read more.


My thought is that the speaker is conveying ?people go to the church for a practical reasons (may be with a bad intention, too)?. The speaker questions about the natural values of churches. The lines ?And that much never can be obsolete? and ?And gravitating with it to this ground? are very inspiring ? reflecting the fact that people are pulled to religion for some reasons, such as visiting the church during a certain time of the year. So in a way, it is fair to say that not everyone with religion have real faith. They are just people wishing to be blessed without paying anything. (404 words) ________________ [1] City Colleges of Chicago. Accessed November 4, 2012. http://faculty.ccc.edu/colleges/wright/greatbooks/Program/Symposm/Issue1/Brown.htm ...read more.

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