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Young And Old Waiters Attitudes Toward The Old Client

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As one grows old and death draws near, one becomes more and more painfully aware of the meaninglessness, the nothingness-nada-of life, this is what the old waiter realizes and comprehends due to his old age. Because of this fact, he sympathizes the old customer’s feelings in particular and other elder customers who come at night to the café looking for clean and well-lighted place in which to destroy the darkness which means loneliness, despair and nothingness for them. So that, he likes to stay late at café to serve such clients because he knows that he may one day be just like the old man—unwanted, alone, and in despair. Ultimately, the old waiter is reluctant to close the café as much for the old ...view middle of the document...

He readily admits that he isn’t lonely and is eager to return home where his wife is waiting for him. He doesn’t seem to care that others can’t say the same and doesn’t recognize that the café is a refuge for those who are lonely. The young waiter is immature and says rude things to the old man because he wants to close the café early. He seems unaware that he won’t be young forever or that he may need a place to find solace later in life too. Unlike the old waiter, who thinks deeply about life and those who struggle to face it, the young waiter demonstrates a dismissive attitude toward human life in general. For example, he says the old man should have just gone ahead and killed himself and says that he “wouldn’t want to be that old.” He himself has reason to live, and his whole life is ahead of him. “You have everything,” the old waiter tells him. The young waiter, immersed in happiness, doesn’t really understand that he is lucky, and he therefore has little compassion or understanding for those who are lonely and still searching for meaning in their lives. As we saw in the video we can elicit that the three main characters attitudes in the story are not related to the materialism. Firstly the old client. Although he is a rich man but he attempted to commit suicide due to his loneliness and despair. Secondly, the old waiter was working at a late hour at night not for money but to serve elder people who look for clean and well-lighted place to share them a shame moment of happiness. The last character is the young waiter was in a rush to get back to home for his family to earn some familial joy not to earn money for his serving at café

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