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No Exit: Introduction
No Exit: Plot Summary
No Exit: Detailed Summary & Analysis
No Exit: Themes
No Exit: Quotes
No Exit: Characters
No Exit: Symbols
No Exit: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Jean-Paul Sartre
Historical Context of No Exit
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- Full Title: No Exit
- Where Written: Paris, France
- When Published: 1944
- Literary Period: Modernism, Existentialism
- Genre: Drama, Existentialist Drama, One-Act Play
- Setting: A drawing-room in hell
- Climax: Exasperated by his torturous interactions with Estelle and Inez, Garcin declares, “Hell is—other people!”
- Antagonist: Garcin, Inez, and Estelle are all each other’s antagonists.
Extra Credit for No Exit
In Camera. The French title for No Exit is Huis Clos, which can be translated as “in camera,” a term used to describe interactions that take place privately or secretly.
Pinter. In 1964, the playwright Harold Pinter starred in In Camera, a BBC television version of No Exit. He played the role of Garcin.