Albert Camus was born in Algeria, which is the setting for “The Guest.” The story is told with a third person narrator who tells the story from the school master Daru’s point of view. The time of the story falls in beginning of the Algerian revolt against the French rule, probably in the late 1950s’.
Daru, the protagonist, faces a moral dilemma. Placed in an unfair position, Daru has been ordered by the French government to take an Arab prisoner to another town to be tried for the murder of his cousin. The policeman, who brought the prisoner to Daru’s school, believes in following orders and tells Daru that this is his responsibility. Daru tells him he will not hand over the prisoner.
‘But you can’t let them have their way.’
‘I won’t hand him over,’ Daru said again.
‘It’s an order son, and I repeat it.”
‘That’s right. Repeat to them what I’ve said to you: I won’t hand him over.”
Daru decides to give the...
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