Being and seeming in
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Être et paraître dans "Huis clos" de Jean-Paul Sartre
Being and seeming in "No Exit" by Jean-Paul Sartre

Author(s): Silvia Prafan
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, French Literature
Published by: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti
Keywords: Jean-Paul Sartre; Being-for-itself; being-in-itself; bad faith; the Other; consciousness; "Huis clos";

Summary/Abstract: In this article we aim to explain the meaning of the famous line “Hell is other people” by using as a distinct landmark the ceaseless conflict between “being” and “seeming” that underlies the existence of Garcin, Inès and Estelle. It is the Sartrian concept of the Other that helps us gain a comprehensive view of this conflict. In addition, there is the ceaseless game of scrutinising looks and punitive retorts that will eventually uncover the essence of being, carefully concealed underneath the veil of appearance. The human being is judged in a Sartrian, existentialist hell that serves as a disguise for speaking about how individuals should always be thoroughly aware of their freedom, responsibility and choices.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 69-74
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: French