Sartre’s the story “The Wall” is written from the first-person perspective, and the narrator has no knowledge beyond the present. Explain the emphasis on the intensity of sensory experience in the story and how it relates both to the experience of time and existence in general. What are the different interpretations of the title of the story? How does “the wall” separate past from the present, and the present from the future for the prisoners? Why does being sentenced to death intensify Pablo’s experience of life? What role does the doctor play in the story? How does his presence serve as a stark contrast to the experience of the prisoners? Why do all the prisoners face their death alone in spite of being condemned and sentenced to die at the same time? Is the prisoner’s experience of living under a death sentence unique or does it represent the human condition in general? What are the different reactions that each prisoner has in his confrontation with mortality? Claim: Sartre unmercifully reveals the truth of existence to the reader, letting us know how many “holy” and “sublime” are just the ecstacy of human masturbation. We can’t stand it. We want to turn around and run. Because we live, we exist, as well running away. Human beings are absolutely free and isolated individuals, having nothing to do with the outside world. They fight against vanity single-handedly by “free choice”. “The truth” means much more than “the way out”. This is not to let the reader give up in the face of “absurdity”, or surrender in the “void”, because at least to have the courage to face the truth, and then have the hope and direction to step out of the abyss. Facing the insurmountable wall, (maybe death, maybe lost Irretrievable things) before getting the real baptism is the key to finding the essence of being.