No Exit

The Existential Attributes in Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit. College

Jean-Paul Satre, the 20th Century Existential dramatist who was honoured with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964 for ‘influential authorship emphasising liberty and truth,’ makes his dramatic sophistication, brilliance and insight to the human condition abundantly evident in Huis Clos (1944), the modern French philosophical-melodrama, translated into English by Stuart Gilbert as In Camera. Its American translations are No Exit, Vicious Circle and Hell. Satre’s iconic essay, Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology (1943) is considered the defining work of Existentialism. Satre is the only self-proclaimed Existentialist though Soren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger and Albert Camus are also considered philosophers of the same tradition. Satre uses In Camera to present the manifold phenomenological concerns expounded in Being and Nothingness in a modern, dramatized and easy-to-understand manner. This essay discusses Satre’s sophisticated, brilliant and insightful presentation of Existential issues with reference to In Camera.

One of the philosophical issues artistically presented in In Camera is Being-for-others which rejects Solipsism, the assumption that the Other does not exist...

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