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MonkeyNotes-No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre
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The audience gradually sees why Garcin, Inez and Estelle have been put together in hell. Even before their deaths, they had never been completely alive, for they had treated others as their possessions and objects to be used. Garcin had been cruel and unmerciful to his wife. Estelle had married an old man for his money and immediately took a young lover; when she became pregnant and had a daughter, she drowned the baby, causing her lover to commit suicide. Inez had sucked the life out of her lover, Florence, causing her to commit suicide and kill Inez in the process. It is ironic that in Hell, Garcin, Inez, and Florence are no longer in control. Each of them is dependent on another; Inez wants Estelle, who wants Garcin, who longs for the approval of Inez. It is a cruel, vicious, torturous circle.


In No Exit, the characters are already dead and condemned to Hell. They have ruined their lives and have no chance for a second attempt at redemption. With no future, they cannot change or rectify their past sins. They truly have "no exit" from their misery and torture. Even when the door opens to them, they cannot escape from Hell. The play is really a gradual revelation of the eternal hopelessness that the characters face. At times they try to remain calm and treat each other well; but the civility never lasts for long. As the realization of the magnitude of their misfortune dawns, their emotional reactions intensify. Finally the "veil" is thrown aside, and they accept the truth about themselves and their eternal situation. They have no means to save themselves from each other, for "knives, poison, ropes [are] all useless" in Hell.

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