How the story's images, setting and scenes reinforce Daru's dilemma of whether or not to turn over the Arab prisoner to the police authorities?

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In Camus's short story, "The Guest," the desolate setting reflects the physical, moral, and emotional isolation of the protagonist, Daru.

When Balducci, the "gendarme," arrives on Daru's doorstep with the prisoner, Daru has immediate conflicts. For one thing, he feels no obligation to carry out orders for a task he has in no way asked for or is prepared professionally to carry out. But when he is told he has no choice, Daru is pulled in two directions.

First of all, he is European, not Arabian. Even though he speaks the language, has...

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