The Wall Essay

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Never, in all his philosophical and political writing, has Sartre taken the "logical" step from the metaphysical isolation of the individual, as he sees it, to the view that the individual has no moral responsibility. Yet at least one critical study implies that Sartre is expressing an attitude in "The Wall" which is fundamentally irresponsible and nihilistic:

But there is a distinction between Pablo and the others condemned to death. Life seems meaningless to him when confronted by the wall—by the fact of death; but he refuses to betray Ramon. Why? He calls it stubbornness, but it is more than that. Within the limited span of his existence from now until the time that he will be stood against the wall and shot, he has conceived of a condition which he calls, by implication, dying like a human being ("I didn't want to die like an...

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