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No Exit – Summary

Three damned souls, Garcin, Inez, and Estelle are brought to the same room in hell by a mysterious Valet. They had all expected medieval torture devices to punish them for eternity, but instead find a plain room furnished in Second Empire style. None of them will admit the reason for their damnation: Garcin says that …

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No Exit – Section 1

Summary The one-act play opens on a drawing room with Second-Empire style furniture and a massive bronze statue on a mantelpiece. A quiet yet mysterious looking Valet leads Garcin, a journalist from Rio, into the room. Garcin is at first very confused as to what is going on. He claims that he does not like …

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No Exit – Analysis

Sartre sought to synthesize many of his philosophical arguments with fiction. Yet in a play about “self-deception” and “bad faith” the implicit double entendre of characters “play-acting” to be something they are not and actors pretending to play those characters, perfectly complements Sartres straightforward philosophical argument. In effect, No Exit is a play about the …

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