Narrator and point of view

The story “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway is a third-person narrative with a distant narrator who seems to have omniscient implicit knowledge. At first, the narrator’s presence is barely felt, and we cannot tell if he has limited or omniscient knowledge. He only interferes when he wants to clarify who is talking: “"Last week he tried to commit suicide," one waiter said.” (p. 1, l. 7)

The information he offers is scarce and sometimes confuses the readers as the lack of comments on the characters makes it hard to identify all the time who is talking. Most of the time, the accoun...

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