Compare and contrast the characters of Daru and Baldacci in Camus’s “The Guest.”

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Daru seems stuck in a no man's land between his French roots and a reluctance to condemn the indigenous Arabs of Algeria. He refuses to follow Balducci's orders to hand the Arab over to French authorities in Tinguit.

Daru is there to teach the local people French history and culture (hence the French rivers on the chalkboard). Daru is French but was born in Algeria. He has a unique but complicated position of feeling allegiance to France and to the land that he knows: Algiers. As a result, he feels alone. Note that this is the final word in the story. He can not commit fully to either side, making it appear that he is somewhat indifferent to both sides. Daru "offends"...

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