Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Foreign Languages

Second Department


Reader 1

Leonard Pronko

Reader 2

Thomas Leabhart

Reader 3

Eric Haskell, César López

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In this thesis I will discuss the influence of Sartrean themes found in Jean-Paul Sartre’s plays: No Exit (Huis clos), Les Mouches (The Flies), and Dirty Hands (Les Mains sales), on the theater of Alfonso Sastre, particularly in the plays: Death Squad (Escuadra hacia la muerte), and In the Net (En la red). In No Exit, the famous quote “Hell is other people,” sets the standard for what type of discussion Sartre initiates in his theater. I will compare the historical context and the Hells that Sartre and Sastre both experienced during their time as active playwrights and how this influences the Hellish environments the two playwrights create for their characters in each of their plays. Following this study of context, I will compare the diabolical atmospheres created in the plays, how they are created and their impacts on the characters and text.


This thesis is part of a larger study and is shortened due to the nature of the project.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.