In "The Guest," the prisoner's name is never mentioned; he is referred to as "the Arab". Why might this be relevant?

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The fact that the prisoner is not given a name is important in the story. A name personalizes us, singling us out as individuals. Since the prisoner is not given a name, he assumes more importance in the story than that of an individual. He becomes a symbol of something larger than himself.

The story is set during the period in Algeria when political revolution is at hand; Arab demands for independence and their opposition to French colonial rule are growing. The unnamed prisoner functions in the story as a...

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