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Daru is French and Algerian born. He knows of the French-Algerian conflict and that it is the result of French colonialism in Algeria. Darus is like one of Camus' existential characters and he...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2013, 8:36 pm (UTC)

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There is irony at the end of the story for two reasons. The Arab, who is given a chance at freedom, chooses to travel alone to jail instead. When Daru returns home, having provided the Arab with...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2010, 1:50 pm (UTC)

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Albert Camus adhered to Absurdism more than he did Existentialism. Much like his character Daru, Camus perceived a world without reason. Nevertheless, not unlike the Existentialists, Camus felt...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2018, 2:49 am (UTC)

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Daru is in the typical position of a seemingly liberal member of a colonialist population, caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. He knows that the indigenous people of Algeria are...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2019, 8:29 pm (UTC)

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The conflict is both internal and external. In all colonial societies, and in literature by the more progressive authors who were a part of them, there is a split between the loyalty of the...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2019, 3:19 am (UTC)

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As another educator has mentioned, alienation is a common theme of existentialism, and one that plays a large part in “The Guest.” Daru is completely isolated in his empty schoolhouse on the...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016, 6:00 pm (UTC)

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The irony of Camus' "The Guest" is that while Daru the teacher is an honest and fair-minded man, and his "guest," the Arab prisoner is a murderer, both men find themselves facing similar fates....

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011, 2:58 pm (UTC)

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Daru is sympathetic to the Arab prisoner and, like liberal French Algerians in general, to the Algerian independence movement, though Algeria is felt by Daru to be his own true home. He doesn't...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2018, 3:20 pm (UTC)

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The Arab chooses prison because the known is far less intimidating than the unknown. The choice for personal responsibility is a weighty one and shunned by most people who would prefer a life of...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2008, 11:00 am (UTC)

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In this story and in Camus' oeuvre overall we need to take into account several types of "isolation." First, there is the physical isolation of the setting, the wide open spaces of Algeria. Second,...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2019, 8:58 pm (UTC)

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The principal irony of the story is perhaps that although Daru has, in effect, released the Arab prisoner instead of escorting him to the police as he was supposed to do, he finds the ominous...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2020, 12:37 am (UTC)

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On the surface, the title refers to the the Arabic prisoner. This "guest" is one that is thrust upon Daru against his will. Even though the Arab is a prisoner, Daru does not treat him with any...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019, 6:18 am (UTC)

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Existentialist works by Albert Camus such as "The Guest" examine questions about the way we think about the choices that we make in life. The moral in this story suggests that even when we try to...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2020, 9:10 pm (UTC)

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The old Coriscan Balducci is an officer of the law who follows orders; the realm in which he lives is outlined clearly for him. In contrast, Daru, who is French but has been born in Algeria, lives...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2017, 8:11 pm (UTC)

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Two important symbols in Albert Camus' story "The Guest" are the schoolhouse and the ethnic origins of the three characters. These are essential to the main themes of isolation and futility that...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2019, 6:41 pm (UTC)

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The setting is very symbolic to the ideas of free will and consequences. First of all, the action takes place inside a school house, a place of learning. Daru, in particular, is facing a learning...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2008, 6:07 am (UTC)

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The protagonist of Camus's short story, Daru, who is French, but born in Algiers, is torn in his loyalties and his desire to not be involved in any conflicts. However, the irony is that in this...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2015, 11:12 am (UTC)

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In the story, "The Guest," Daru, a teacher living alone on a desert plain in a French province, is required (as this is a time of rebellion in his country) to escort an Arab who has committed...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2010, 1:10 am (UTC)

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Albert Camus wrote “The Guest” on the eve of the French-Algerian Revolution in the 1950s. This story is based on an actual incident. The setting of the story is an isolated school house in the...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2012, 7:19 pm (UTC)

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According to the philosophical view of Camus, in "The Guest," the Arab did do the right thing by voluntarily walking to the jail even though he was given the choice to avoid doing so by Daru. The...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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In Camus' "The Guest," the Arab and Balducci represent two opposing forces in the life of our schoolmaster. The main character in our story is Daru, a French Algerian schoolmaster—it is the night...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2012, 9:22 pm (UTC)

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From the title and throughout the story, culminating in the scrawled threat on the blackboard, there are layers of irony that merit analysis. "La hôte" is the French title of the story, meaning...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2018, 10:17 pm (UTC)

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Albert Camus utilizes limited third-person narration throughout his short story "The Guest." A third-person limited narrator tells the story from only one person's point of view. Throughout the...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2017, 6:21 pm (UTC)

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Daru reflects the plight of France in the colonial conflict in Algeria by being swept up in a situation in which he wants no part. When the gendarme Balducci brings the Arab to Daru's school, he...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2019, 10:15 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2010, 12:46 pm (UTC)

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Camus' writings may often offer the reader food for thought—even "food" that perplexes. "The Guest" is no exception. There are several times in the story that Daru, the schoolmaster, hopes that...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2012, 11:29 pm (UTC)

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Camus' focus in The Guest, as far as moral message or theme goes, ultimately points back to Existentialism. That is, at the core of human existence is its fundamental futility. Everyone dies...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2008, 9:08 am (UTC)

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I'll define these terms for you and then let you decide which category each of the characters you've named fits into.A round character is usually the main character or one of the main characters in...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2008, 10:09 pm (UTC)

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Although the story is known in English as "The Guest," the alternative title of "The Host" is also appropriate, since Daru is a considerate host to the Arab prisoner and is himself a guest of the...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2018, 4:05 am (UTC)

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Daru is disillusioned with the expediency and dogmatism of the colonial government as well as with the reactions of the Algerians. Having lived with the people of the region and taught them, Daru...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2017, 12:48 am (UTC)

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The title of "The Guest" is ironic because the Arab (to whom the title applies) is not really a guest at all; he is a prisoner. The description of the Arab demonstrates his status: he is in the...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2016, 3:36 pm (UTC)

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D. F. Hurley’s “Looking for the Arab:  Reading the Readings of Camus’ ‘The Guest’ adds comentary to these responses.He explains that “traces of powerful Western colonial prejudice against,...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2007, 2:05 am (UTC)

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Although sarcasm is a type of verbal irony, not all examples of verbal irony are intended as sarcasm. Based on the example from “The Guest” by Albert Camus, Daru’s comment is not sarcasm. The...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2018, 4:58 pm (UTC)

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A reluctant host to an uninvited guest, the schoolmaster Daru is conscripted by the old gendarme Balducci to hand the Arab prisoner over to the authorities. One of Camus's existential characters,...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2014, 2:27 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2010, 1:12 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2018, 5:53 pm (UTC)

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In Albert Camus's “The Guest,” Balducci brings Daru an Arab prisoner and the orders that Daru is to deliver him to the authorities in Tinguit. Daru respectfully but firmly declines. Such is not his...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2021, 2:08 pm (UTC)

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Balducci is a gendarme, or police officer, yet it is important to note that he treats the prisoner he is delivering with a certain amount of kindness. Daru watches as Balducci, his horse, and the...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2021, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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Daru is disgusted by the Arab's act of violence, so we might conclude that Daru is dedicated to peace. This is a possible reason he refuses to get the gun in the middle of the night. Daru is French...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2019, 6:46 pm (UTC)

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In "The Guest," the Arab has murdered his cousin. Though the details of this crime are sketchy, Balducci states that the Arab killed his cousin as a result of a "family squabble" in which one man...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2016, 7:14 pm (UTC)

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The setting of Camus's story consists both of the physical reality of French Algeria and the psychological milieu, arguably one of terror and alienation, in which all three characters are...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2018, 12:49 am (UTC)

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Like Albert Camus himself, Daru is a Frenchman born in Algiers. Thus, he is a man somewhat divided; so, when the French gendarme leaves the Arab with him, Daru is ambivalent about what to do;...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2013, 5:43 am (UTC)

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Note the excellent summary of this story's themes at the link provided below. A conflict always brings choices. What choice must Daru make? To follow the French colonial system that insists he turn...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2009, 6:32 am (UTC)

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There are many reasons. First of all, Daru was born in a rural and economically poor area. He has sympathy for the Arab community. In addition, Daru does not want to commit himself to a...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2008, 10:12 am (UTC)

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Albert Camus was born in French Algeria in 1913 and lived much of his life there. He was intimately familiar with the social, cultural, and political climate of the country, including the plight of...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2019, 2:38 am (UTC)

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Camus was an existentialist, but his form of existentialism emphasizes the meaninglessness of existence, a situation he described as “absurd.” No choice is necessarily the right choice, because the...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2007, 8:22 pm (UTC)

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I think that there are aspects to Daru's characterization that make him heroic. He does not blindly follow orders, hoping that the Arab prisoner escapes. Daru recognizes the political nature of...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2013, 5:14 am (UTC)

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Doris Lessing's decision to begin her story in the third person is an interesting one. The third person description allows the author—or rather, the voice of the story—to view her childhood from an...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2020, 4:23 pm (UTC)

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Perhaps the point of Camus's story is not so much a lesson or moral as it is an observation. We see a colonial scenario in which there is mutual alienation. Daru, a pied-noir (as French Algerians...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2019, 3:09 am (UTC)

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The Guest

A story that stands as an example of the dilemmas of colonialism and colonial relationships, "The Guest" has a certain ambiguity to it. For, it seems that no one really wants to deal with the Arab....

Latest answer posted October 2, 2014, 4:37 am (UTC)

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