A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
Analysis: Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis
Christopher Booker is a scholar who wrote that every story falls into one of seven basic plot structures: Overcoming the Monster, Rags to Riches, the Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy, and Rebirth. Shmoop explores which of these structures fits this story like Cinderella’s slipper.
Plot Type : No Basic Plot
We can't really define the different stages of this story – Hemingway defies many of the conventions of the short story genre here, including the whole "story" part. "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" is more like a character sketch than a plot-driven piece of fiction; this lack of plot draws our attention to the main theme of the story: life, both in literature and out, can be seen simply as "nada y pues nada y pues nada" – nothing and nothing and nothing.