Study Guide

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place What's Up With the Title?

By Ernest Hemingway

What's Up With the Title?

If we are to believe the main character of this story, we all only need one thing in life – you got it, "a clean, well-lighted place," preferably a clean, well-lighted café. The image of the café is central to the story; we get the feeling that outside of this clean, well-lighted place, the world is nothing but chaos. Come to think of it, that's just how we feel about our favorite coffee shop.