The younger waiter is very busy in his life and does not consider anything missing from his life and considers it to be complete. On the other hand, the older waiter believes that his life has emptiness and he actually is able to relate to the old man who is sitting in the café. It can be analyzed that religion serves to be a ray of light in many people’s lives and it is missing from the lives of the two old men that is the waiter as well as the old customer. This is because they both are seeking for light and consider the illuminated surroundings of the café to be helpful in overcoming the darkness of their lives. The older waiter portrays the emptiness in his life as well as the lives of many in these words:"With all those who do not want to go to bed. With all those who need a light for the night." In these words, he explains to the younger waiter that he wants to keep the café open till late night so that people who have an emptiness in their life and do not seek religion as a refuge can also come and sit here because the darkness of the world and their life haunts them as it does not possess any purpose for them. It also explains that there are many people in this world who seek for a true reason in their life and that religion does not serve that purpose.
The deafness of the old man portrays the truth that he has a shortcoming in his life and his in satisfaction with his life despite of the fact that he has money and his attempt to commit suicide give a clear picture that he does not believe in religion. These realities about his life also explain his lack of interest in the life of this world because he does not consider it to possess any purpose. Thus Hemingway has used the old man to convey a message that 80 years of his life along with his experience have taught him the meaning that religion is not actually a true light and path that a person should seek. It is a rather a