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Hell and Enslavement In Sartres No ExitSartre the most famous of the existentialist thinkers wrote No Exit in 1944 It was first performed in Paris during the Nazi occupation Sartre was a POW during the occupation but escaped punishment from the Nazis There is obviously an overall question pertaining to the play in terms of its relation to the historical period and the atrocities that were taking place in France and all of Europe Sartre obviously knew of the racist ideology and actions the Nazis were imposing on the world Therefore his play is at some level be a reflection of the troubled times in which he lived The occupying Nazis forces enslaved his nation Did France feel like a nation that was going to Hell Did individuals feel that they lived in Hell This is one of the many themes found in Sartres play Perhaps this is this what Sartres play is about In Sartres play No Exit there is never any indication that these people are actually in Hell The characters themselves identify with the space that holds them prisoners For example when Inez says INEZ Yes we are criminals-- murderers-- all three of us Were in hell my pets they never make mistakes and people arent damned for nothing Sartres existentialist point in this frightening play is a simple one the people who inhabit Hell create Hell The Valet who leads our three characters into their Second Empire drawing room never once says theyre in Hell He laughs at Garcins cynical reference to the toothbrush acknowledging that its companion is dead but never does the Valet say that they are actually in hell The interaction between the three people creates a hellish situation Again Inez says this quite clearlyINEZ Yes nows the moment Im looking at this thing on the mantelpiece and I understand that Im in hell I tell you everythings been thought out beforehand They knew Id stand at
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