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What is the central conflict of "The Guest"? Is it external or internal? Can it be defined in terms of dilemma?

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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What are some examples of existentialism in "The Guest" by Albert Camus?  

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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What are the ironies of "The Guest" by Albert Camus?

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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In "The Guest," why does Daru give the prisoner his freedom? What reasons are there for not giving him his freedom?

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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In what respect is the ending of the story ironic? What kind of irony is this? What does it contribute to the meaning...

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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Why is the title ironic?  Why does "The Guest" make a better title than "The Prisoner"?

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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What are two important symbols in "The Guest"? How are these significant to the theme?

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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Compare and contrast the attitudes of Daru and Balducci toward the prisoner and the situation in "The Guest".

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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In what respect is the ending of the story "The Guest," ironic?  What kind of irony is this?  What does it...

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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Give a character analysis of Daru in the story "The Guest" by Albert Camus. (Give at least three quotations to prove...

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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What are some examples of existentialism in "The Guest" by Albert Camus?

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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What is the irony of Albert Camus' "The Guest?"

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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In the story " The Guest" by Albert Camus, how does the setting contribute to the story's theme?

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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Why does Daru give the Arab the opportunity to escape? Why doesn't he escape? Why doesn't he take the road to the...

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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In the story "The Guest," why does the Arab chose prison?

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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How does Daru reflect France's plight? Is the story's meaning limited to the situation? What does the story tell us...

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 title in French is "L'Hote," which means both the "The Guest" and "The Host." How does this ambiguity reflect on...

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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Whats the Arabs reason for taking the road to prison in "The Guest"?

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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How does the setting in "The Guest" relate to the central idea of the story?

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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In the story "The Guest", why doesn’t Daru want to bring the Arab prisoner to the jail?

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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Summary and conclusion of "The Guest". Put some quotes from the text and support it

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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Why does Daru's behaviour towards firearms help reveal him? What is Camus's reason for making the Arab a murderer?

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 what respect is the title of "The Guest" ironic?

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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What are the attitudes between Daru and Balducci toard each other?  Is either a cruel or bad man?

In Camus' short story "The Guest," Balducci is a gendarme and a member of the European colonial powers that be. He tells Daru his orders: Those are the orders. ...In wartime people do all kinds...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2010 6:04 am UTC

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In "The Guest," Daru uses verbal irony when he exclaims, "Odd pupils!"  Is verbal irony the same as sarcasm? Explain.

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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What aspect of the situation was Camus principally interested in? What are some examples of irony in the story?

Camus was philosophically enamored with irony. In the story "The Guest," Camus explores the social implications of taking absurd actions that are contrary to your position and how that affects you...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019 2:29 pm UTC

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

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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At the end of the story, what two choices does Daru give the prisoner?

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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What does the story tell us about good and evil and the nature of moral choice?

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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Explain the irony of the title of the story "The Guest" by Albert Camus.

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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What role does isolation play in the story "The Guest"?

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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Describe the colonial discourse in "The Guest" by Albert Camus.

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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What is the purpose of the note on the chalkboard?

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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What is the narrative technique that Albert Camus used in his short story "The Guest"?

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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Besides the ironies of the title and of the ending, what other ironies are in the stroy? Is verbal irony the same...

The title, "The Guest," is ironic. The Arab is a prisoner, however Daru refuses to treat him as one, opening his home and caring for him as if he were a guest. It is ironic that in this land of...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2010 1:36 pm UTC

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What was Camus's purpose in writing "The Guest"?

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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What is a character analysis of Daru from "The Guest" by Albert Camus?

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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What do you see as the lesson or moral of "The Guest" by Albert Camus?

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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What crime has the Arab committed?  

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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In Camus' "The Guest," explain the importance of the following characters: the Arab and Balducci.

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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In Camus' "The Guest," the Arab had an opportunity to escape Daru's custody during the night. In your opinion, why...

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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How does the setting of "The Guest" reveal important elements of the story? " This is the way the Region was, creul...

First, "tone" refers to how an author/narrator feels about their subject matter or characters. So a question about tone would be stated: "How does the description of the region's landscape...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2011 1:56 pm UTC

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Why does Balducci think that Daru has "always been a little cracked?" Why does Balducci give Daru freedom of choice?

Besides utilizing the helpful characterizations provided at the eNotes summary, you might begin by examining the context, or setting. Leading up to this conversation, Balducci speaks of "wartime"...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2009 6:09 am UTC

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Whats Camus' reason for making the Arab a murderer?

Camus makes the Arab a murderer to influence the reader's response to the dilemma Daru faces in the story, based upon Camus' political concerns at that time between Algiers and France. The reader...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2010 11:31 am UTC

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Was Daru a hero? Did he have a choice in what he was?

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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Why doesn't Daru turn over the Arab  to the authorities in "The Guest" by Albert Camus?  

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...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2012 5:12 pm UTC

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In "The Guest" describe Daru's place of work and living, and describe the location and the surrounding of...

Daru is a schoolmaster in a one-room school in Algeria. The school is located on a hillside somewhere in the mountains. We learn from Balducci that it is 3 kilometers from El Ameur. The school is...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2008 11:41 pm UTC

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What is the principal conflict in the story, and how is it resolved?

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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What are some examples of irony and conflict in the short story, "The Guest" by Albert Camus?

Albert Camus was familiar with the setting of the story "The Guest." This was his birth place. The time of the story is October in the 1950s on the eve on the French/Algerian War. The specific...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2012 4:46 pm UTC

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What are Daru's actions toward the prisoner in "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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