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The Wall

In the short story "The Wall" by Jean-Paul Sartre, the titular wall symbolizes death. The story is about a man awaiting his execution at the hands of the fascists in Spain. The story is about...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019, 3:34 am (UTC)

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Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) was the leading proponent of existentialism. Existentialism is rather abstruse, but a careful study of "The Wall" gives us insights into the philosophy and the man who...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2019, 10:21 am (UTC)

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In "The Wall," we follow the narration of Pablo Ibbieta, a member of the International Brigade assisting the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. Pablo spends a harrowing evening with his...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2019, 12:16 am (UTC)

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This is a story that is all about the psychological process of facing your own death and the kind of thoughts and emotions that go through your mind at such a time. The narrator and his two friends...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2011, 7:13 pm (UTC)

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Pablo's feelings about Gris change during the course of his time in the cell, waiting for the soldiers to execute him against the wall. The knowledge that he will inevitably die, however, slowly...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2018, 8:36 pm (UTC)

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It is hard to ignore that this amazing short story teaches us something quite profound about death and the condition of man when he has to face it. The narrative provides us with an insight into...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2010, 3:35 am (UTC)

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It is arguable that "The Wall" in Jean-Paul Sartre's 1930 short story is symbolic in several ways. As walls are commonly thought to be, it is an obstacle, or a stopping point. In the case of Juan...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019, 1:27 am (UTC)

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I would say that alienation is also a critical connection between Pablo and Pink. Both characters perceive reality quite differently when they are alienated from it. This divided state of...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2010, 11:09 am (UTC)

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Pablo experiences alienation from his prison mates by secluding himself with the thought of his execution hanging over him. He becomes more observant, detached, and less interactive with the only...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019, 1:01 am (UTC)

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Most readers would probably be struck by the calm, outwardly indifferent tone in which both of these stories are narrated. The existentialist point of view of Sartre and Camus is one of rejection...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2019, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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Among Pablo's core beliefs is the value of courage. He does not want Juan, Tom, or the doctor to see him looking fearful about being shot the morning after they are all sentenced to death. When the...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2018, 8:48 pm (UTC)

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One of the tenets of existentialism is the idea that "existence precedes essence." Sartre's "The Wall" reflects this idea in that Pablo Ibbieta survives a near brush with death without intending...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020, 11:48 pm (UTC)

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What is the genre of "The Wall" by Jean-Paul Sartre? Good question. I'd put in the category of the political/philosophical fable; Sartre seems more intent on making philosophical points and...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2007, 12:04 pm (UTC)

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