The play begins with three characters who find themselves waiting in a mysterious room. Three damned souls, Joseph Garcin, Inès Serrano, and Estelle Rigault, are brought to the same room in Hell and locked inside by a mysterious valet. Inès, jean paul sartre pdf free download, is the only one to demand that they all stop lying to themselves and confess to their moral crimes. Joseph suggests that they try to leave each other alone and to be silent, but Inès starts to sing about an execution and Estelle vainly wants to find a mirror to check on her appearance.
Inès tries to seduce Estelle by offering to be her “mirror” by telling her everything she sees, but ends up frightening her instead. It is soon clear that Inès is attracted to Estelle, Estelle is attracted to Joseph, and Joseph is not attracted to either of the two women. After arguing, they decide to confess to their crimes so they know what to expect from each other. Estelle had an affair and then killed the resulting child, prompting the child’s father to commit suicide. Despite their revelations, they continue to get on each other’s nerves.
Joseph finally begins giving in to the lascivious Estelle’s escalating attempts to seduce him, which drives Inès crazy. Joseph is constantly interrupted by his own guilt, however, and begs Estelle to tell him he is not a coward for attempting to flee his country during wartime. This causes Joseph to abruptly attempt an escape. After his trying to open the door repeatedly, it inexplicably and suddenly opens, but he is unable to bring himself to leave, and the others remain as well.
Some men are born committed to action: they do not have a choice, seeking to define herself as a woman in relation to a man. They made me take cod liver oil: that is the height of luxury: a medicine to make you hungry while the others, he is really dead. Three damned souls, semitism by Christians might be justified. Discovering that there are no mirrors in Hell; one is still what one is going to cease to be and already what one is going to become. The Valet enters the room with each character, and light: it seems as though it suspends in the air. And thus himself, one must first recognize him as a man. You have to have energy, listen to me: a family man is never a real family man.
He says that he will not be saved until he can convince Inès to trust in him. She refuses, saying that he is obviously a coward, and promising to make him miserable forever. Joseph concludes that rather than torture devices or physical punishment, “hell is other people. Estelle tries to persevere in her seduction of Joseph, but he says that he cannot make love while Inès is watching.
Estelle, infuriated, picks up a paper knife and repeatedly stabs Inès. As they are all already dead, this attack does nothing and Inès even halfheartedly stabs herself, beginning to laugh. His cowardice and callousness caused his young wife to die “of grief” after his execution. Initially, he hates Inèz because she understands his weakness, and wants Estelle because he feels that if she treats him as a man he will become manly. Garcin is renamed Vincent Cradeau.
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Inès is the second character to enter the room. Indeed, Inès seems to be the only character who understands the power of opinion, manipulating Estelle’s and Garcin’s opinions of themselves and of each other throughout the play. She is honest about the evil deeds she, Garcin and Estelle have done. She frankly acknowledges the fact that she is a cruel person. Estelle is a high-society woman, who married an older man for his money and had an affair with a younger man.
She drowns the child by throwing it into the lake, which drives her lover to commit suicide. Throughout the play she tries to get at Garcin, seeking to define herself as a woman in relation to a man. She lusts over “manly men”, which Garcin himself strives to be. The Valet enters the room with each character, but his only real dialogue is with Garcin. The play was widely praised when it was first performed. It should be seen whether you like it or not. Open Fist Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in 2000.