Estelle cannot bear the absence of mirrors in the room.

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1. Is Garcin a coward? Why or why not?
2. Examine the masculine-feminine dynamic in the play. What does Sartre seem to be saying about the battle of the sexes? Is it even important that Inez and Estelle are women and Garcin a man? Is Sartre’s argument gender-based or gender-neutral?
3. Estelle cannot bear the absence of mirrors in the room. Discuss the idea that hell might be the inability to see oneself.
4. Analyze the play’s title. Be sure to consider the original French: Huis Clos (which translates into camera in French).
5. Does No Exit offer hope?
6. All three characters are able, at certain points, to “watch” the world of the living. Analyze the underlying patters and the ways in which one character’s vision differs from another’s.

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