The original title is the French equivalent of the legal term in camera , referring to a private discussion behind closed doors. It is a depiction of the afterlife in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity. It is the source of Sartre's especially famous quotation "L'enfer, c'est les autres" or "Hell is other people", a reference to Sartre's ideas about the look and the perpetual ontological struggle of being caused to see oneself as an object from the view of another consciousness. 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'. 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.
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No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre. The play is a depiction of the afterlife in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for all eternity. It is the source of Sartre's especially famous and often misinterpreted quotation "L'enfer, c'est les a Jean-Paul Sartre, the great French existentialist, displays his mastery of drama in NO EXIT, an unforgettable portrayal of hell.
It is the source of Sartre's especially famous and often misinterpreted quotation "L'enfer, c'est les autres" or "Hell is other people", a reference to Sartre's ideas about the Look and the perpetual ontological struggle of being caused to see oneself as an object in the world of another consciousness. Get A Copy. Paperback , 60 pages. Published December 8th by Samuel French, Inc. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of No Exit. Jun 11, Steven Godin rated it it was amazing Shelves: plays-theatre , france , existentialism. The mere abstraction of 'forever' makes me shiver, but throw in that word 'hell', and the heat starts to rise to an unprecedented level, whether bliss or burning to be subjected to anything forever, with no foreseeable or even imaginable end is almost impossible to comprehend.
I would promptly take living multiple lives briefly, than a single one indefinitely. As reality outside of any timeline doesn't seem to carry with it any kind of need for initiative, for good nor evil.
So here we are? The thing I found most unsettling about this play was not the play itself, but the fact Sartre wrote with only 'one act' in mind, simply as to not piss off the Germans by keeping theatergoers there after the imposed curfew, this was , with many forms of entertainment going through approval by German censors, prior to the liberation of Paris.
Garcin, Estelle, Inez, three souls, all whisked away to that doomed place of fire and brimstone, there's no escaping each other, trapped in a room, and there's no escaping the truth. These characters torture each other as they are able to reflect each other better than any mirror, they also torture one another because of what they can't have.
Inez wants Estelle, but Estelle wants Garcin, Garcin sides with Inez, creating a three-way non-love affair. Just dealing with other people is hell enough, who needs, torture devices, molten lava, or perpetual darkness, emotional pain takes the brunt of the suffering. I was thinking along the lines of a dark, surreal Kafkaesque nightmare, but it's nothing of the sort really.
Here, this is much more of a quirky and light-hearted rendition of hell, Sartre's saying something that's very true to human nature, pushing this idea to its extreme, but using hell as a metaphor for the actions of the three individuals. Ironically, the play starts with forever, and ends with forever Looking back on the past is a form of torture, particularly when we fail to choose an act when the opportunity presents itself.
When alive man can always choose, to rearrange order, before lifelong events are frozen into the void, where they will reside on a permanent basis. View all 11 comments. The original title is the French equivalent of the legal term in camera, referring to a private discussion behind closed doors. The play begins with three characters who find themselves waiting in a mysterious room. It is a depiction of the afterlife in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity.
View all 4 comments. Jan 19, Fergus rated it really liked it. Three people, together for all Eternity. Three pathologically angry, anti-social people. And this is their shared Hell. Their forever home. And you know what else? But is this oft-quoted maxim true for ALL of us? For their love had been endlessly refined in a crucible of Fire. And they had protected their deep humanity, for to them, it was sacred. The devil may always get his due - and his endlessly various ways with us - but for a loving heart that endures in spite of his torture, like these faithful hearts, hell is never permanent.
For these are the ones who in this world - and the next - continuously escape the damnation of despair, unlike the postmodernists who exalt their personal angst and disquiet to a godly status. And simple warm humanity. He had made his decision, and his hurt pride called it irrevocable. So for him a hellish conclusion was inevitable. But hopefully it will never be so for us If we always let love and hope guide us. View all 7 comments. Aug 04, JV semi-hiatus rated it really liked it Shelves: plays , classics , , curiouser-and-curiouser.
A single room with Second Empire furniture no mirrors, no windows, three sofas, one paper knife, lights that won't go off , and no torturer. Accompanied by a mysterious valet, three incredulous characters Inez Serrano, Estelle Rigault, and Joseph Garci are escorted inside and are eternally locked away within its walls. At first, no one wants to admit what each has committed to deserve this damnation, but as the play progresses, they confess their crimes — their deepest, darkest secrets expose A single room with Second Empire furniture no mirrors, no windows, three sofas, one paper knife, lights that won't go off , and no torturer.
At first, no one wants to admit what each has committed to deserve this damnation, but as the play progresses, they confess their crimes — their deepest, darkest secrets exposed and pretences stripped off. And then, next day, you didn't know what to make of it, you couldn't interpret the horror you had glimpsed the day before.
Yes, you know what evil costs. This is the gaze at which they see themselves through each others' eyes. Come closer. Look into my eyes. What do you see? Estelle: Oh, I'm there! But so tiny I can't see myself properly. Inez: But I can. Every inch of you. And that, for me, is the worst kind of suffering that I could never endure.
The mind is really a fragile one, and exposing me to that kind of infernal nightmare is morbidly horrifying! No Exit is a great examination of human nature and our desire to be admired. If you've experienced hell, then heed Margaret Atwood's advice: nolite te bastardes carborundorum! Or better yet, be like Cersei Lannister. Blow those bastards to smithereens and relish your cinematic masterpiece!
And if you're already an "absentee" in the physical world, you might want to get crazy and grab that paper knife in that claustrophobic room for stabbing your foe in the afterlife. But then again, you're already "dead"! So what's the point? And as Garcin would say, "Well, well, let's get on with it…" And so the torment begins again View all 10 comments. Dec 13, Forrest rated it really liked it.
As a function of pure entertainment, Sartre's No Exit is brilliant.
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