No Exit | Study Guide

Jean-Paul Sartre

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Jean-Paul Sartre

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Perspective and Narrator

The characters on stage in No Exit have died and tell their stories as they interact in hell, shown to be a locked room. In death they have the capacity to see the lives of the people they left behind on Earth.

About the Title

The play has been known as No Exit since it was translated from French to English in 1946. The French title Huis Clos means "closed door." Sartre originally called the play Les Autres (The Others) because of the thematic importance of three characters locked together and unable, for eternity, to escape from the others. Huis Clos is also a legal term in French, meaning in camera, or a trial in closed chambers.


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