We began the first day back after our long weekend discussing de Beauvoir’s “The Second Sex”, in terms of her understanding of the Other, her definition of woman/man and male/female, and how her purpose is largely contemporary as well as historic.
We then delved into the first half of No Exit. We briefly discussed characters, symbols, the setting, and existential ideas which were present. We will pick up tomorrow. We used the attached sheet to break down certain classifications or existential ideas commonly associated with Sartre we can connect to aspects of the play.
Homework: Finish the play!
Extra credit Opportunity: Since we had to cut it out, I will make reading or viewing The Stranger by next Friday the 13th (half day) extra credit. Beyond watching or reading it, you will have to write a paragraph of summary and a paragraph of response that draws clear existential connections to Mersault’s predicament. You will present these responses to the class on Friday for full extra credit.