Asked • 07/08/19

Why did the characters in "No Exit" agree to torment each other?

Once the characters in *No Exit* realized that they were placed there to torment each other, why didn't they refuse to do so? When Joseph says "eh bien, continuons" ("very well, let's get on with it") at the end, is he implicitly consenting to participate in this? What's the significance of his agreement (or at least lack of refusal) in Sartre's overall philosophy? In the context of the story (and Sartre's philosophy), could the characters *possibly* have refused and what might have happened if they had?

Connie Y.

Sartre is saying we make our own hell, and hell on earth is when we "torment each other" with "no exit" (no resolution) rather than help each other. Yes, it's based on Sartre's overall philosophy.


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