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As a prisoner of World War II Jean-Paul Sartre was able to write a realistic fictional story about Spanish anarchists being held as political prisoners A member of the growing class of philosophers known as existentialists Jean-Paul Sartre wrote about human existence as a series of blind choices In The Wall three men sharing a cell receive the same sentence death by shooting As the story tracks the approximately twenty-four hours after the delivery of the sentence the narrator Pablo Ibbieta shares his increasingly disconnected and existentialist feelings Jean-Paul Sartre uses diction and a dry existentialist style as a means of creating mood and developing characters in The Wall Diction is a way to develop a strong theme and mood for a short story Sartre uses words with specific connotations to convey important ideas in The Wall When speaking about the appearance of the other prisoners Pablo Ibbieta says skulls instead of heads 227 Reflecting the desolate conditions he refers to the people more as physical structures than living beings with emotions and a soul When he sits freezing in the jail cell the narrator explains that It was rather uncomfortable 230 This unemotional understatement shows Pablos detached state of feelings and responses The effects of this state continue as he imagines his death sentence and bullets burning hail through his body but adds that he was calm in this situation 231 Sartres dry style creates a clean empty mood for The Wall which takes place in a small desolate prison cell Choppy sentences like The smaller one kept hitching up his pants nerves give enough information but never describe too much 227 The use of the semicolon allows the author to use less words to seem less emotional about the situation As the prisoners waited to hear their sentences Tom remarks Were screwed 229 This simple understatement displays the lack of emotional response among the prisoners The disregard for death or the grave situation
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