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What is the central conflict of "The Guest"? Is it external or internal?...

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sslll111 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 3, 2008 at 5:56 AM via web

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What is the central conflict of "The Guest"? Is it external or internal? Can it be defined in terms of dilemma?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 3, 2008 at 9:42 AM (Answer #1)

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The main conflict in the story is Daru's internal struggle with having to turn the Arab prisoner over to French authorities.  He does not want to take sides.  He does not want to turn the prisoner in but he has been ordered to do so.  His dilemma is whether or not to do as he is told, or to do as he wants.  If he does as he is told he will escort the prisoner to the French for a trial, if he does as he wants he will remain neutral and let the prisoner go.

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