The Wall Questions and Answers
by Jean-Paul Sartre

Start Your Free Trial

What are Pablo's core "beliefs" in The Wall? And are these beliefs well-founded or disputable?

Expert Answers info

Bridgett Sumner, M.A. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseTeacher (K-12)

bookM.A. from Hofstra University

calendarEducator since 2016

write1,730 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Arts

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 doctor looks at Pablo, he returns his gaze steadily, showing no fear. Pablo is put off by Juan's abject terror and Tom's way of coping with his own fear.

Pablo believes in freeing Spain. He has aligned himself with Ramon Gris and will not give up his location to his Falangist captors even when they offer to spare his life in return for the information. Pablo also finds the officiousness of his captors disgusting and finds amusement in sending them to the cemetery to find Ramon Gris, as he believes that it will be a wasted trip.

To Pablo, courage and dedication to a cause are well-founded values, and he does not waver from either of them.

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

alexb2 eNotes educator | Certified Educator


bookB.A. from Georgetown University

calendarEducator since 2004

write726 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Science

One of his core beliefs is integrity and loyalty. It seems to be a well-founded belief, and Pablo could be considered brave for his continuing to stick to that core belief by not telling the truth about Ramon's whereabouts. Ironically, even though he does not mean to expose Ramon's location, he does so accidentally and thus violates his core belief, albeit mistakenly.

This may be one of Sartre's central points-- even core beliefs, no matter how well-considered, can be shaken by circumstances.

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial