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MonkeyNotes-No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre
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CONFLICT

Protagonist: The protagonists in the play are Garcin, Estelle, and Inez - the three main characters who have been led to Hell after their deaths.

Antagonists: The antagonists are the inner beings of each of the three main characters. Their evil, hypocritical selves have caused their damnation to Hell. During life, Garcin was cruel, cowardly and adulterous; Estelle was an adulterer and murderer; and Inez sucked the life out of others with her vampire lust. In Hell, their basic natures do not change, for they torment one another. Even though these characters say they want to leave Hell, they really do not.


Climax: The plot reaches its climax when the door of Hell opens unexpectedly. Garcin, who has been banging at the door throughout the play and hoping to escape, decides it is best to stay in Hell. Estelle and Inez also choose to remain.

Outcome: The play ends as a tragedy. All three of the major characters lived a morally reprehensible life that doomed them to Hell; when they are given a chance to escape from Hell, they choose to remain, knowing that there is No Exit from their evil natures. For them, life on earth was no different than life in Hell; at least in their present circumstance, they have only each other to torment.

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