No Exit is that the Setting of Hell by Jean-Paul Sartre

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Hell, although we will most likely never actually know anything about it for sure, has always seemed to be brought up in the media, talked about on television, and depicted in different ways and through all of the different types of media there are around the world. For example, one version of Hell as described in Jean-Paul Sartre’s play No Exit is that the setting of Hell is a mostly empty room in which three people are selected to stay for eternity (Sartre). Whether they were selected by chance or at random, nobody can tell for sure (Northern). The characters, Garcin, Inez, and Estelle try to figure out why they were all placed together, but will never know even though they have an eternity together to figure it out (Sartre). The thought that this setting could be a Hell in it’s own can be hard to comprehend. The fact of the matter is that the three people have no looking glass in which to see themselves, no way to know how the other people in the room feel about them, and no way to get away from each other, for they are locked in this room for eternity (Sartre). The fact that one of the women, Estelle, is a sort of conceited woman who wants to see how she looks all the time makes her feel the need to ask the other woman, Inez, how she looks (Sartre). When she does this, it shows the way that it is human nature that we are constantly worried and wondering how they look through another person’s eyes (Northern). The idea of the Northern Existential Group that “Hell is other

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