Jean-Paul Sartre Writing Styles in The Wall

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Narrator and Point of View

Pablo is the narrator of "The Wall." He tells his story from the first-person point of view; readers see and perceive of events through Pablo's consciousness. It is Pablo who decides when to share specific information, such as the fact that he does know where Ramon Gris is hiding.

In addition, Pablo also acts as interpreter. He presumes at times to know what the other men are thinking. When he sees Tom touch the bench, he states that Tom is touching death itself, but clearly he cannot know this to be true.

At times, Pablo appears to be an unreliable narrator. Not only does he hide the information about Ramon Gris at the man's first mention, but he poses unsatisfactory explanations about why he decides to keep Ramon's secret. He merely ascribes his behavior to stubbornness while at the same time asserting that Ramon's...

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