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MonkeyNotes-No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre
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The opinion of other people:

Garcin and Estelle are very concerned about what other people think and say about them. In fact, Garcin deludes himself into believing that he will feel saved if only Inez will judge him not to be a coward. Of course, she is not about to tell him a lie, for she feels his action was cowardly.

Throughout the play, Garcin worries about what people will think about his deserting the war in a time of danger. As a result, he initially lies to Estelle and Inez about his past and claims to be noble and brave. When the truth comes out, he seeks their approval in spite of his actions. Estelle, who has no depth, tells Garcin what he wants, hoping to seduce him in the process. Her opinion, which is so easily swayed, has no meaning to Garcin. He is, however, very troubled about the fact that Gomez and the others in the newsroom say ugly things about him and call him a coward, in spite of the fact that he can no longer defend himself.


Estelle is also very concerned about how others see her. In fact, the most important thing to Estelle is her appearance - how she looks to others. As a result, she constantly worries about her dress and make-up, and on earth, she constantly gazed into a mirror to compliment herself. In Hell, she is tortured by the lack of a mirror and constantly asks the other two inhabitants of her room about her appearance. Inez takes great glee in telling her that she is a mess. When Estelle looks down to earth and sees Peter dancing with her best friend, she is very upset. Then when she realizes that they are saying ugly things about her, she is incensed, just like Garcin when he eavesdrops on the newsroom. The two of them are much more concerned about what others think of them than what they think of themselves. Sartre, of course, is very critical of this characteristic that Estelle and Garcin possess.

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