The Wall by Jean Paul Sartre.

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"The Wall" by Jean Paul Sartre's

Regardless of a student's academic abilities, there always seems to be a struggle to achieve. Jean Paul Sartre's "The Wall" is about a different kind of struggle - the struggle to accept the worst fate, death. Although it would seem difficult to compare these two different struggles, they are actually quite similar. The following paper will outline the comparisons I have made in greater detail.

There are four main characters in "The Wall". I have chosen to view the Doctor (or the Belgian) as the teacher figure. The three prisoners Pablo, Tom, and Juan symbolize the students. Each of these characters display some sort of struggle. I have also chosen to view the prison itself (and the guards who protect it) as our society.

I chose to view the Doctor as the teacher because I believe he was intended to assist the prisoners (students) into peace and eternal life.

Teachers assist students in achieving knowledge, which will eventually provide them with security and comfort. The prisoners were constantly aware of the Doctor's presence. The text made reference to the prisoners actually "watching" the Doctor and admiring his aliveness. This directly relates to education. The teacher holds the knowledge and wisdom that students strive for. Students are in constant admiration of their teacher's intelligence.

The actual struggle of each character/prisoner was compared to the struggles of students. Each prisoner had individual responses and reactions to their future death. This is similar to the way in which students deal with educational demands. For example, some students obtain tutoring or extra help if they are struggling with academics, where as some students simply allow the struggle to continue without intervention. This is especially true at the high school and university levels. In "The...