What would you do if you were held prisoner and condemned to death? Jean-Paul Sartre paints an intriguing picture of what that may be like by sharing a story of Pablo Ibbieta, the protagonist during the Spanish Civil War. As the main character of the short story The Wall, Pablo finds himself captive and scheduled for an execution, but is offered a pardon from his impeding execution if revealing the location of his comrade, Ramón Gris. Initially, he refuses to cooperate, but eventually decides to deceptively comply and gives the authorities what he believes to be false information on Ramón Gris' whereabouts. Ironically, it turns out that Ramón Gris has moved from his previous hiding place to the current location disclosed by Pablo. Thus Ramón Gris is shot and Pablo's life spared. Jean-Paul Sartre is attempting to reveal to us through The Wall, the apparent themes of imprisonment and fear. The concealed messages of any readings will vary depending on the audience’s personal life experience. In this story, Pablo created the very reality he was working hard to prevent. For the last several years, I have been learning about the New Age principle called The Law of Attraction. I was able to recognize this principle with in The Wall.
It’s been my experience that the Law of Attraction is one of the better known universal laws. The theory behind the Law of Attraction is that we create our own realities and our thoughts influence change. This theory argues that we attract things we want and we also attract things we don't want through our thoughts and feelings. This specifically true in the story of Pablo. According to the Law of Attraction, to think is to create, wether intentional or otherwise. Pablo fabricates a story about the whereabouts of Ramón Gris in order to deceive the authorities, but Pablo’s fear of immanent execution of himself and his comrade consumed his conscious and subconscious thoughts. Sartre demonstrate his preoccupation...
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