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Discussion to examine meaning of hell captured in 1943 play

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Friday, June 08, 2018 2:34PM

Existentialist Jean Paul Sartre’s 1943 one-act dramatic picture of a modern Hell will be the focus of a discussion at Ingalls Memorial Library in Rindge on Monday June 11 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Far from the Bible’s or Dante’s portrait of traditional torture, Satre’s “No Exit” has three people, Inez, Estelle and Garcin, led by a valet into a “comfortable” sitting room.

“How can this be Hell?” each asks.

But the answer becomes apparent as they reveal their individual life and death stories. Most famous for its line, “Hell is other people,” the play presents an imaginative and intriguing catalyst for discussion.

The darker discussion will be counterbalanced by light refreshments and lively sharing of reactions.