I noticed Vargas Llosa credits Sartre with his characters being amoral. I'm wondering when does Sartre write about amorality? About characters not facing repercusions for their amoral acts.

I'm very curious since in most western movies, even if there's not clear divide between good and evil. The characters do face repercussions for being amoral.

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    Can you quote the text where Vargas Llosa credits Sartre? Commented May 5, 2019 at 20:03
  • He mentions him in interviews. But here's the quote of a scholar reviewing the novel ". The epigraph taken from Sartre in the novel seems justified by the boys‘ stories: ―We play the part of heroes because we‘re cowards, the part of saints because we‘re wicked: we play the killer‘s role because we‘re dying to murder our fellow man: we play at being because we‘re liars from the moment we‘re born." f
    – Kratz
    Commented May 9, 2019 at 14:26
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    Are you looking for the origin of that quote? It's from Act II of Kean: "On joue les héros parce qu'on est lâche et les saints parce qu'on est méchant; on joue les assassins parce qu'on meurt d'envie de tuer son prochain, on joue parce qu'on est menteur de naissance." Commented May 9, 2019 at 14:41
  • Nice, well I'm interested in Sartre's ideas on morality. I'm wondering if there's a good intro to learn more about his ethics. In Vargas Llosa's book, "Time of the hero" the main Jaguar commits a crime and goes unpunished. Vargas Llosa said that his ideas on morality came about from reading Sartre.
    – Kratz
    Commented May 9, 2019 at 16:04


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