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Jean-Paul Sartre

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Garcin, Scene 5 here’s no need for red-hot pokers.Hell is—other people! Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, How to Read Sartre by Robert Bernasconi, Sartre: A Life by Ronald Hayman Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Garcin’s Jacket Represents dishonest roles people play in life Dancing Symbolizes past pleasures but also missteps in life Bronze Statue Represents falsity and oppressiveness Symbols Estelle Superficial and young society womanin hell for drowning her baby from an affair, causing the father to commit suicide; pursues Garcin Inez Angry former postal clerk killed by a cheating lover who killed herself as well; dislikes men and pursues Estelle Garcin Failed pacifist journalist; betrayedhis wife and cannot accept accusations of wartime cowardice for which hewas executed Main Characters Sartre was the leading writer of the French existentialist movement of the mid-20th century. During the German occupation of Paris, he wrote No Exit under censorship but still managed to make it a damning picture of life without freedom. In 1946 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature but declined it. JEAN-PAUL SARTRE1905–80 Author People seek validation for their existence through the eyes of other people. Vision People who are dishonest with themselves lash out when forced to see the truth. Difficulties in Relationships People must take responsibility for and accept the consequences of their choices. Choices After death, three people are locked in a room together for eternity. Grappling with their feelings of guilt, they recall the betrayals they committed in life. Doomed to suffer each other’s emotions and desires, they struggle with their fate and finding the truth of their existences. Three PeopleLocked inEternal Torment THEMES French Original Language 1944 Year Published Jean-Paul Sartre Author No Exit Drama Play

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