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Quick Guide: No Exit

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“No Exit” by Jean-Paul Sartre was first launched in 1944. It is titled “Huis Clos” in French. It is an existentialist play.

The play was first performed in May 1944 at the Theatre du Vieux Colombier. The play has been performed under several titles translated into English: In Camera, No Way Out, Vicious Circle, Behind Closed Doors, and Dead End.

The play revolves around the description of the afterlife. Three deceased characters are punished in their afterlife. Those characters are being locked into a room, in Hell, together till eternity.

“No Exit” can be said to be the predecessor of the theatre of the absurd. However, the play presents very appropriate narrative construction. It also follows a conventional dramatic progression.

The dramatic progression and narrative construction was just opposite to the work of Beckett or Ionesco.

Quick Guide: No Exit
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Plot Overview
Chapter Three: Characters
Chapter Four: Complete Summary
Chapter Five: Critical Analysis

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