No Exit Essay

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In the play, No Exit, by Jean -Paul Sartre, three people are brought into a hideous sitting room to convey the idea of hell. Garcin an abusive hypocrite, Inez a lesbian murder, and Estelle a self absorbed , baby killer. All three chrachters are examples of people that committed sins and now are trying to deal with them, while they do this they become each others tortures unwillingly. Implying that one does not need machines in order to be tortured. The author portrays his idea of humanity, that "Hell is other people" The play beginnings with Garcin asking the valet questions of the nature of hell. He does not realize that life as he knew it is over, Garcin does not understand that were he is now there is no meaning to anything Garcin: So that's that; not toothbrush. And no bed, either. One never sleeps, I take it? (Pg 5) The idea of hell is not what he expected, he goes into the room looking for instruments of torture and trying to convince himself of his idea of hell. Not realizing that what is to come to him, is much worse than any torturing machine. He goes into the room with many question and when the valet responds he gives answers that don't make sense. He thinks that by getting answers he will be able to understand hell.Unlike Garcin, Inez comes into the room very quietly, not asking so many questions. As soon as she realizes that she is not the only one there she seems to also have her own idea of what hell is like, however she does understand that what ever she had in her past life is now worthless. Inez: What would be the use? There was some point in being afraid before; while one still had hope. (Pg10) She does not however reveal her story to Garcin. She demonstrates a sort of hatred towards him when she meets him. By acting very rude with him, and making rude comments towards him. Inez: must you be here all the time"¦Remember you're not alone; you've no right to inflict the sight of your fear on me. (Pg 9). Even thought she makes her comments Garcin does not mind, because he understands that they are going to be together for a long time.Estelle comes in careless of where she is and begins to set demands in a place where there is not point to fight for. She sets her nature of a woman to be able to receive things that she wants.` Estelle: We've got to take what comes to us "¦The only one which might do a pinch, is that gentleman's (Pg 10). She introduces herself right away with such class not knowing that later she will be discovered of her sinful acts. A soon as the rest of the absentees introduce themselves and reveal that they are not as high class as she is, she look down and them. She assumes that the only reason they are together is that it must have been a mistake.Estelle: If they made a mistake in my case, they may have done the same about you...isn't better to think we've got here by mistake (Pg15) Not trying to understand that were she is know there is not such thing as a diffrence everyone is the same. The only...

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