Estelle and Cradeau surrender their identity to others because they cannot let go of the past. Inez lives in the present, but suffers the same fate. Because hell is devoid of material objects, the characters are forced to choose between relying on each other or their own opinions. The film shows, in a very realistic way, the psychological, verbal and physical violence that permeates a Brooklyn neighborhood in the midst of a bitter strike during the s. The film is based on the book, Last Exit to Brooklyn, by Hubert Selby, which was banned for its violent and sexually explicit content.
They each in turn irritate and aggravate one another, thus making themselves hysterical, and thus producing dramatic irony. In addition to a door that will not open, and living in a windowless room, all three characters possess no eyelids, and thus are unable to sleep. Disclaimer: This work has been submitted by a student. This is not an example of the work written by professional academic writers. Here you can order a professional work.
Sartre believed that a being-for-itself differed from inanimate objects, or a being-in-itself, since humans have the ability to choose and define their individual characteristics. The fear and anxiety of this responsibility leads many people to ignore both their freedom and their responsibility by letting other people make their choices for them, resulting in bad faith. Disclaimer: This work has been submitted by a student. This is not an example of the work written by professional academic writers.
The commonplace setting of the work and the diversity of the basic character types allude to the applicability of the themes to reality. The setting seems purposely ambiguous in the exposition of the play, allowing Sartre to establish an atmosphere and relate to his audience before delving into his main ideas. The audience is eventually informed that the room is a representation of hell, with the Valet presumably exemplifying the devil. In addition, the main characters — a frank older man, a middle-aged, ostentatious woman, and a lower-class lesbian — are diverse in many of their outward character traits, possibly implying that the situation portrayed could just as easily happen to any of the audience members.