The wall

 The short story, "The Wall," by Jean- Paul Sartre, is a story told infirst person stream of
consciousness. The main character in the story , is a political prisoner. The character's name is
Pablo, and he is being held, along with three other prisoners, during the Spanish Civil War. The
prisoners are imprisoned in a hospital that is being used by the Spanish Fascist's.The story is a
refection of, Jean- Paul Sartre's philosophical beliefs in existentialism. Evidence ofSartre's,
beliefs can be found in his use of: setting, character, theme, literary devices. Sartre was an
exponent of atheistic existentialism: “Existence is prior to essence. Man is nothing at birth and
throughout his life he is no more than the sum of hispast commitments. To believe in anything
outside his own will is to be guilty of ‘bad Faith.’ Existentialist despair and anguish is the
acknowledgment that man is condemned to freedom. There is no God, so man must rely upon his
own fallible will and moral insight. He cannot escape choosing.”
The setting in the story is a prison cell containing two other men, Tom and Juan. The cell is
a dark cold place. "As a matter of fact, our cell was one of the hospital cellars. It was terrifically
cold there because of the drafts. We shivered all night and it wasn’t much better during the
day…;There was a bench in the cellar and four mats. When they took us back we sat and waited
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in silence.;The setting is significant to the existentialist view, because Sartre believed that
humans were ;condemned to freedom;, and by using a cell, Sartre could be representing the
world, in which he, believes is reality . The idea of prison is often linked to being a place of
confinement, and to be imprisoned is to be locked away from freedom. Based o…


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