Washington State University Sartre, No Exit The traditional reading of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit, published inseeks to identify the various tenets commonly associated with Sartrean existentialism, namely that man is an absolutely autonomous individual, determined by his own will alone, for whom his consequent separation from others facilitates infallible liberty and free choice. No Exit is widely regarded as the literary expression of another Sartrean work, Being and Nothingness, published the same year. Sartre deliberately wrote No Exit as a one-act play so that theatergoers would not be kept past the German-imposed curfew. Many forms of entertainment, including plays, had to be approved by German censors.
They had all expected torture devices to punish them for eternity, but instead find a plain room furnished in the style of the French 'Second Empire'. At first, none of them will admit the reason for their damnation: She refuses to believe that they have all ended up in the room by accident and soon realizes that they have been placed together to make each other miserable; she deduces that they are to be one another's torturers.
After arguing, they decide to confess to their crimes so they know what to expect from each other. Despite their revelations, they continue to get on each other's nerves.
Joseph is constantly interrupted by his own guilt, however, and begs Estelle to tell him he is not a coward for attempting to flee his country during wartime.
This causes Joseph to abruptly attempt an escape. After his trying to open the door repeatedly, it inexplicably and suddenly opens, but he is unable to bring himself to leave, and the others remain as well. She refuses, saying that he is obviously a coward, and promising to make him miserable forever.
Joseph concludes that rather than torture devices or physical punishment, "hell is other people. As Estelle comments on the idea of their being trapped here forever and laughs too, all three join in a prolonged fit of laughter before Joseph finally concludes, "Eh bien, continuons Characters[ edit ] Joseph Garcin — His cowardice and callousness caused his young wife to die "of grief" after his execution.
He is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and deserted during an unspecified military conflict. He was unfaithful to his wife — he even recalls, without any sympathy, bringing home another woman one night, and his wife bringing them their morning coffee after hearing their engagement all night.
In a later translation and adaptation of the play by American translator Paul BowlesJoseph is renamed Vincent Cradeau. She is honest about the evil deeds she, Joseph, and Estelle have done.
She frankly acknowledges the fact that she is a cruel person. Estelle Rigault — Estelle is a high-society woman, who married an older man for his money and had an affair with a younger man.
To her, the affair is merely an insignificant flingbut her lover becomes emotionally attached to her and she bears him a child. She drowns the child by throwing it into the lake, which drives her lover to commit suicide.
Throughout the play she tries to get at Joseph, seeking to define herself as a woman in relation to a man. Her sins are deceit and murder which also motivated a suicide.
Valet — The Valet enters the room with each character, but his only real dialogue is with Joseph. Critical reception[ edit ] The play was widely praised when it was first performed.
Upon its American premiere at the Biltmore Theatrecritic Stark Young described the play as "a phenomenon of the modern theatre — played all over the continent already", in The New Republicand wrote that "It should be seen whether you like it or not.
The translation was by Margery Gerbain and Joan Swinstead.Transcript of Existentialism and No Exit. Jean Paul Sartre No Exit "Relations with other people, encrustration, and freedom are three themes or the play.
I should like you to remember this when you hear hell is other people."- Senejani, Akram Amiri. "Sartre's Existentialist Viewpoint in No Exit." International Journal on Studies in.
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This is the atmosphere in No Exit, where all three characters have died and are condemned to the unmalleable truth of their past actions.
Contrary to the situation in The Flies, this play shows what happens when people do not choose properly.