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Whats the Arabs reason for taking the road to prison in "The Guest"?

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dsantillo | eNoter

Posted September 14, 2010 at 6:27 AM via web

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Whats the Arabs reason for taking the road to prison in "The Guest"?

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:46 PM (Answer #1)

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The Arab may see little hope in trying to run away from what he has done.  He is away from his home and family, from his normal surroundings.  He may also believe that he must pay for what he has done.  He has the ability to go away from the jail, but does not.  He could even attempt to make his way back home, but he does not do this either.

Perhaps he feels so very alone that he cannot think of anything but the destination that had been set before him.  Curiously, when he thought Balducci was going to return, he asked Daru to accompany them.  It may be fear of what he does not know that stops him from attempting an escape, as opposed to going on to that which he does know at the jail that makes him take that route, and perhaps this is why he wishes the teacher to accompany him.

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megajessop | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 17, 2011 at 1:38 AM (Answer #2)

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just to add the priciples of exixstentialism(Alber camus was ine and ths stoyis meant t reflect those value) are that we are eflected in the coices we make, and if we make a decision we mus follow through. the prioner choe o go to prison, and made a choice. it is possible that he was supposed to go to prison. therebels that left the message on his board knew Daru would be taking him to prison before the prisoner could have arrived.

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