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No Exit and Three Other Plays In These Four Plays, Jean Paul Sartre, The Great Existentialist Novelist And Philosopher, Displays His Mastery Of Drama NO EXIT Is An Unforgettable Portrayal Of Hell THE FLIES Is A Modern Reworking Of The Electra Orestes Story DIRTY HANDS Is About A Young Intellectual Torn Between Theory And Praxis THE RESPECTFUL PROSTITUTE Is An Attack On American Racism I guess I m in the midst of an existential questioning Then I picked upNo Exit and Three Other Plays, and it became a full blown crisis I would walk to my neighbor and ask him, Do you think I m useless Am I a bad person What do I stand for What is the purpose of all this Poor guy.So this is hell I d never have believed it You remember all we were told about the torture chambers, the fire and brimstone, the burning marl Old wives tales There s no need for red hot pokers Hell is I guess I m in the midst of an existential questioning Then I picked upNo Exit and Three Other Plays, and it became a full blown crisis I would walk to my neighbor and ask him, Do you think I m useless Am I a bad person What do I stand for What is the purpose of all this Poor guy.So this is hell I d never have believed it You remember all we were told about the torture chambers, the fire and brimstone, the burning marl Old wives tales There s no need for red hot pokers Hell is other people from No Exit 45 This is the most famous of the three plays and for good reason It played into my deepest fears trapped in a room with strangers who will analyze my life and irritate me with their little tics The three main characters are stripped bare of all their validations for their actions.I am 31 years old, and I have never felt the need to confess my sins so badly in my life.Love or hatred calls for self surrender.from The Flies 87 88 It s been a long time since I read the Oresteia, so long that The Flies may as well be new to me I knew what happens to Agamemnon when he returns from Troy, but The Flies concerns the aftermath The citizens of Argos are literally covered in their sin Zeus has sent swarms of flies to torment them for their rulers crime view spoiler In the end, Orestes takes on the sins, the flies, like the Pied Piper or,accurately, a scapegoat, and leaves the town hide spoiler I liked the role of Zeus He brings about the punishment of the people, but he also mocks them for their continued penance He has no love for any of the mortals Interestingly, he has no actual power over them either The flies are the penance that they ve brought upon themselves The power that he wields exists only because the people have consented to it Once freedom lights its beacon in a man s heart, the gods are powerless against him 102 They ve got it easy Up there, when they decide that a man s to die, it s as if they scratched a name off a list it s neat, and elegant Here death is a chore The slaughterhouses are here.from Dirty Hands 207 This is the longest play in the collection, and I liked this one the least A young intellectual joins a revolutionary group, and he is assigned to kill the leader of the group His ideals are questioned in the face of the reality of taking another man s life.It s another meditation on the separation between the people in charge and the people whom they control.Lizzie You too You feel guilty The Negro Yes, ma am.Lizzie But you didn t do anything The Negro No, ma am.Lizzie What have they got anyhow, that everybody s on their side all the time The Negro They re white folks.from The Respectful Prostitute 272 This is, sadly, a still relevant story about racism in America Two unnamed black men are accused of raping a white woman, and a group of white men kill one of them The other black man flees for his life He approaches the white woman, a prostitute, and asks her to testify in court that he did not rape her However, the white men would be charged with murder if she does so.I didn t find this play scathing so much as truthful There is no bitterness in the tone, only sadness for the way life is.I dithered over this review for a few days because, honestly, I m not smart enough to analyze Sartre He is far above me I m well aware that my thoughts on these plays aren t what other people think of them But they re mine, so there you go Hell is not other people Hell is any holiday dinner with relatives.Fashionable in the 50s, and still required reading in prep schools and many colleges, Sartre s play once ventilated is a discursive product of Dada and Existentialism mixed with Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and a lot of Pernod In the mid 40s it made him the darling of theboozoisiein Montparnasse Actually, he was inspired by Wedekind and Strindberg An interesting thinker, Sarte here overlooks his own contradictions though Hell is not other people Hell is any holiday dinner with relatives.Fashionable in the 50s, and still required reading in prep schools and many colleges, Sartre s play once ventilated is a discursive product of Dada and Existentialism mixed with Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and a lot of Pernod In the mid 40s it made him the darling of theboozoisiein Montparnasse Actually, he was inspired by Wedekind and Strindberg An interesting thinker, Sarte here overlooks his own contradictions though each man is his own hell, he states, hell is hold on other people With 3 characters, this play is a fav among college drama depts and many regional theatres The original Broadway production in 1946 was directed x John Huston and had, we re told, a superb set by the artist Frederick Kiesler It also had an adaptation x Paul Bowles Others must be avoided Competing with Ethel Merman in Annie Get Your Gun, Margaret Rutherford as OWs Lady Bracknell and Ingrid Bergman in a paraphrase of St Joan, it vanished after 4 weeks But Sartre, the playwrightmanque,still lingers as he examines our loneliness in a bleak, disinterested world More importantly, he foreshadows the absurdist work of Beckett, Ionesco and Pinter I am surprised no one said much about the piece Dirty Hands since it was terribly interesting and took up a great deal of this book Though I love No exit and think that the punch line was both clever and well developed I think that Dirty Hands was by far aenjoyable work It was extremely clever, the wit was harsh The characters manipulative and yet humorously negatable The deep political messages, the thoughts surrounding purity of political ideals For some reason I can just better I am surprised no one said much about the piece Dirty Hands since it was terribly interesting and took up a great deal of this book Though I love No exit and think that the punch line was both clever and well developed I think that Dirty Hands was by far aenjoyable work It was extremely clever, the wit was harsh The characters manipulative and yet humorously negatable The deep political messages, the thoughts surrounding purity of political ideals For some reason I can just better picture this on stage As someone who loves theater I think Dirty Hands would be excellent to reenact and depending on the gestures could be both moving and comical if well casted The flies was kind ofof a classic message that seemed a bitstraightforward though also complicated in its own way I don t know No Exit was great though The Prostitute had some interesting things to say about the roles of women and racial issues, but gosh the Dirty Hands one did it for me Excellent writing Human beings really can be Hell anyway No Exit 3.5The Flies 3.5Dirty Hands 5The Respectful Prostitute 5Total 4.25, but I m rounding to 5 even though it s closer to 4 My favorite play in this collection, by far, is Dirty Hands It s about a man named Hugo who joined the Proletariat Party in Illyria and is assigned to the party s newsletter Finally, he gets his chance to prove himself to the party when he s asked to play secretary to a man the party deems dangerous to its cause and wants assassinated Hugo is supposed to be the m No Exit 3.5The Flies 3.5Dirty Hands 5The Respectful Prostitute 5Total 4.25, but I m rounding to 5 even though it s closer to 4 My favorite play in this collection, by far, is Dirty Hands It s about a man named Hugo who joined the Proletariat Party in Illyria and is assigned to the party s newsletter Finally, he gets his chance to prove himself to the party when he s asked to play secretary to a man the party deems dangerous to its cause and wants assassinated Hugo is supposed to be the man on the inside, let the assassins in at the right time, and go from there But Hugo wants to commit the assassination himself Hugo is a man who talks too much and is considered by party members to be nothing but an intellectual anarchist who only joined the party because anarchy was outdated Hugo joined the party because he was one of the upper classes who recognized the injustices of capitalism and wanted to get away from his past What follows in flashback format is the story of Hugo s assassination of Hoederer and the motivation behind the action that has him in prison for two years not a spoiler this is revealed in Act One, and it s the point of the entire play Most importantly, we get ideas Sartre wrote this play in 1948 It s an exploration of politics and ideals versus practicality It also seems to be a commentary against absurdity, the randomness Camus accepts anda statement of fatalism and acceptance of destiny against choice This is a common thread in all four plays In No Exit, the characters are stuck together in one room without an exit They are forced to interact, and they all have different reasons for being in that room, but the reason they re all together wasn t decided by them In The Flies, Zeus is in control He holds the strings, even when men think they get to decide, and Orestes fate can only lead him in one direction, despite everything he does to fight against it and be an individual, separate from the inherent connection to the gods In The Respectful Prostitute, truth and right versus wrong don t matter when the men note the use of men in power always win even when they lose I can t really say much about these four plays because I have too much to say about each one of them Most of all, I love the ideas I love plays that make me think There s very little set description, very few stage directions This is bare dialogue and character development Sartre wants his readers and viewers to contemplate the ideas My favorite aspect of No Exit is the tone chilling and straightforward to the point of being frightening It was like hearing an alarm go off and start in the distance and then get closer and closer and closer and closer My favorite aspect of The Flies is the retelling of a classic Greek play and its relevance to modern at the time politics and philosophy My favorite aspect of Dirty Hands is literally everything the characters, the plot, the themes, the political and philosophical questions, the fact that it reminds me of Hemingway s The Fifth Column It s an excellent play and up there as one of my favorites My favorite aspect ofThe Respectful Prostitute is Sartre s blatant and astute criticism of American nationalism He saw that members of the American aristocracy abuse their power and connections and manipulate Americans patriotism to brainwash them and force them into coalescence with their secret society ideals and goals The subtlety of this play and the depth of insight it reveals are astounding The plot and characters that Sartre chose to explore these themes are perfect The relevance is upsetting yet impressive In other words, I can t recommend these plays enough They re not technically perfect The dialogue is sometimes stilted, and I m sure this isn t a translation issue Also, Jessica of Dirty Hands really annoys me She s like one of Hemingway s women I could tell Sartre wants her to come off strong and different, but she comes off like she s trying too hard I think Sartre liked her muchthan any reader spectator would Still, the plays are all worth reading for the ideas conveyed through them I can t believe I ve never read Sartre before this, but I can imagine myself readingof his work

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