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No Exit and its Existentialist Themes I would like to take this opportunity to discuss Jean Paul Sartres philosophy and its integration into his play No Exit Embedded within the character interactions are many Sartrean philosophical themes Personal attributes serve to demonstrate some of the more dominant ideas in Sartres writings Each of the three characters in the play show identifiable characteristics of sexual perversion bad faith and interactions of consciousness This play takes an interesting setting that of the afterlife The plot centers around three main characters Joseph Garcin Estelle Rigault and Inez Serrano Hell as portrayed in this work is no more than a room with three couches and Second Empire decorum There are no mirrors no windows no books generally no form of amusement Some very human privileges that we take for granted have also been taken away sleep tears and even momentary reprieves of blinking Each of the three characters is introduced into the room by a surprisingly polite Valet Initial confrontations are uncomfortable each person knowing that heshe is deceased but they are not impolite However as the true reasons why each person has been sentenced to Hell are revealed the true nature of the place takes shape Rather than try to explain the chronological progression of the play I would rather take each character and their opinions individually in an attempt to highlight what I believe are the important parts The first person to appear in the play is MrGarcin At first glance he is a very polite gentlemanly and moral individual However the further into the play that we read we find that he is none of these things Instead he represents some of the worst ails that afflict humankind according to Sartre He was graced with a wife that loved him unconditionally and he loathed for no other reason In fact one the first memories that he has of her is
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