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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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In "The Guest" by Albert Camus, what details are omitted from the story as a whole? How might your response to the...

That is a great question. First, let us acknowledge that all fiction leaves things out, and short stories leave more things out. They have to, in order to create the focus authors need. So, leaving...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2016 6:36 pm UTC

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In "The Guest," are the characters of (Daru, the Arab, Balducci) flat, round, dynamic, or static?

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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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 moral message of "The Guest" that Camus intended to deliver to the reader?

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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In "The Guest" by Albert Camus, what is Daru’s identity according to himself?

The short story "The Guest" by Albert Camus tells of a teacher named Daru who lives in a one-classroom schoolhouse on an isolated plateau in Algeria. At the time of the story, the school is closed...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020 7:04 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast the characters of Daru and Baldacci in Camus’s “The Guest.”

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 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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What is the significance of the title and how is it related to Daru's conflict?

In French, the title of this story is "L'hôte," and this word has two meanings when it is translated into English. Firstly, it means the 'guest' and relates directly to the Arab prisoner who is...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2016 6:53 pm UTC

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How is the theme "the exile" reflected in "L'hote" (or "The Guest") by Albert Camus? Discuss specifically the...

[eNotes editors are only permitted to answer one question per posting. If you have additional questions, please post them separately.] In Albert Camus' ‘‘L’Hote’’ or "The Guest," the theme of exile...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011 3:28 pm UTC

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How does Camus develop the themes of freedom and responibility in the human situation?

One way in which Camus develops the themes of freedom and responsibility in "The Guest" is by showing the intertwined and inevitable nature of both as part of what it means to be human. Daru does...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2013 1:37 pm UTC

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What are some points of tension in "The Guest"?

One point of tension develops when Balducci brings the Arab to Daru's schoolhouse. Daru is not prepared and is not willing to take charge of a prisoner, much less escort him to the nearest town....

Latest answer posted April 14, 2008 1:03 am UTC

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When “The Old Chief Mshlanga” begins, third-person narration is used, but then it switches to first-person narration....

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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What is Daru's behavior toward guns, and how does it reveal his personality?

In "The Guest," Daru is intimidated by guns. When the police officer leaves the gun on the desk for Daru, "just in case" The police officer says, " Of course, you are...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2008 3:17 pm UTC

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In "The Guest" by Albert Camus, both Daru and the Arab prisoner face choices which define their characters and may...

In The Guest, Daru and the Arab prisoner make closely linked choices that determine their futures. The effect of each man's choice is multidirectional as the prisoner's decision to turn himself in...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2016 12:24 am UTC

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What is the Arab's reason for taking the road to prison?

Philosophically: Camus places man at the crossroads between two paths: freedom and death. Camus says that most do not cash in on their freedom; instead, they head down the road toward death...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2010 7:03 am UTC

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Explain this phrase in the short story, "The Guest," by Albert Camus. "Daru felt a sudden wrath against the man,...

Daru is assigned the "official" responsibility to escort a prisoner, an Arab, to the nearby jail. The Arab has been arrested and is to be taken to jail for judgment, sentencing and incarceration....

Latest answer posted September 17, 2010 1:00 am UTC

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Provide the plot for  "The Guest" by Albert Camus.

Albert Camus was born in Algeria. As a young man, Camus worked as a court reporter. He was aware of the problems facing the Algerians in their fight for freedom. Camus' characters are fictitious...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2012 4:44 am UTC

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Besides the ironies of the title and the ending of "The Guest," are there are other ironies in the story?

One irony in the story is when the policeman brings the Arab prisoner to the schoolhouse and tells Daru that he must take the prisoner to the main police station and turn him over for a trial....

Latest answer posted November 1, 2008 11:57 am UTC

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How is Daru brave in the story "The Guest"?

In "The Guest," Daru is brave because he defies both the French authorities and the Algerians and allows the prisoner the existential choice of choosing his own fate. Living on a lonely hillside,...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2015 5:06 pm UTC

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What is conflict of the story, "The Guest," by Camus?  

This question has already been asked and answered. Please refer to the link below, and thank you for using eNotes....

Latest answer posted July 19, 2011 12:22 pm UTC

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What do Daru's actions in "The Guest" suggest about his beliefs or philosophy?

There is something of the biographical in "The Guest" as Albert Camus who, like his character Daru was born in Algeria, had the experience of being rejected by both the French and Algerian sides in...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2013 6:22 pm UTC

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What is the moral to the story "The Guest"?

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

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...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2007 11:28 pm UTC

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What are Darus' feelings about the prisoner and about Balduccis' order?

"The Guest" is set in Algeria, which was at the time a French colony, so there are three groups at play in the story: the Arab Algerians (the arab), the European-Algerians (Balducci), and the...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2009 4:00 am UTC

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What is the plot of "The Guest"? What events took place

Set in remote Algieria during civil unrest between French colonists and Arab natives, "The Guest" features Daru, a French (in exile) schoolteacher who is host to Balducci, a French gendarme...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2011 7:59 am UTC

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In The Guest, what did Daru do after he saw the message on the board? Did he leave Algeria and join French authority...

The reader is left to imagine what Daru's fate is at the end of this story. Camus simply tells us: "Daru looked at the sky, the plateau, and beyond, the invisible lands stretching all the way...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2008 11:57 pm UTC

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Who is the prisoner and what is his crime?

In "The Guest," the prisoner is an arab who is accused of murder. The French gendarme Balducci says: We had been looking for him for a month, but they were hiding him. He killed his cousin....

Latest answer posted September 28, 2010 8:44 am UTC

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Why does the original French title, "L'Hote"make an even better title than its English translation?

The French title, "L'Hote," is more appropriate because it can be translated to mean either the host, or the guest. This story is as much about the host as it is about the guest. The...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2008 10:43 am UTC

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In "The Guest," what disturbs Daru about sharing a room overnight with the Arab? How does it complicate his sense of...

In the short story "The Guest" by Albert Camus, Daru is a live-in teacher who stays at an isolated school on a hillside near a village in Algeria. Due to a snowfall, his students have not come to...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2020 7:19 pm UTC

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In "The Guest," what makes communication between Daru and the prisoner so difficult and subject to misunderstanding?  

In "The Guest," there are two reasons why the conversations between Daru and the Arab prisoner are difficult. First of all, there is a language barrier between the two men. Daru speaks French, for...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2016 7:55 pm UTC

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Who are the five characters in "The Guest," and what are the inferences about them? 

Inferences about each of these characters include the fact that the Arab is never given a name and is condemned for murder. The schoolmaster is disgusted by him and his crime and automatically...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2008 5:29 am UTC

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Compare the characters of the policeman and the schoolmaster in "The Guest" by Albert Camus.

Albert Camus’s “The Guest” offers an unusual story of moral dilemma. The point of view of the story is third person as the narrator relates the story in an unemotional manner avoiding prejudicing...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2012 3:37 pm UTC

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How would a postcolonial version of "The Guest" differ in some ways from the original?

To answer this question, you need to be clear on what “postcolonial” means. In essence, it means that colonialism is over. So, in the context of this story, Algeria, where “The Guest” takes place,...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2020 1:51 pm UTC

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In "The Guest" what is the most disturbing of the contradictions one can perceive in the text with the...

One of the dicohotomies is presented early on and is a thematic undercurrent to the story: the haves vs. the have-nots. Daru, isolated as he is, does not suffer the poverty and famine of the...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2008 12:27 am UTC

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Is Daru right to act as he does in the short story "The Guest"?

Daru acts upon his conscience when he does not hand the Arab over to the authorities as the gendarme requests. For, although he is revolted by the man's "stupid crime," Daru believes that to hand...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2016 1:10 am UTC

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What positive and negative qualities does Daru possess?

Daru, a Frenchman who has been born in and lives in Algeria, has ambivalent feelings towards both the French colonial government and the people of Algeria. For, while he feels sympathetic toward...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2014 12:12 am UTC

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Identify and discuss 3 significant differences between Barber from “Just Lather, That’s All” by Hernando Tellez and...

There are quite a few key differences between the barber from "Just Lather, That's All" and Daru from "The Guest." Three of the most glaring are as follows:The first and most immediate difference...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2020 3:33 am UTC

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What is the author of "The Guest" telling us in this story given the historical background at the time and place in...

"The Guest" is a 1957 existential and absurdist short story written by famed Nobel Prize-winning writer and philosopher Albert Camus. In it, a French-Algerian schoolmaster named Daru gives an Arab...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2019 9:05 am UTC

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In Camus' "The Guest," why didn't Daru continue the trip with the Arab to the prison?

The answer is not an easy one, as it lies somewhere in between the call of duty and the pull of free will. Duty, in the sense of social expectations, but also in kindness towards a fellow human...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2008 8:21 pm UTC

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I'm writing a literary analysis essay on "The Guest" but I need help on supporting the theme of free will. Any...

This theme can best be explored through an examination of Daru in this brilliant short story, and in patricular, the charge that he is given to be responsible for the Arab prisoner and to convey...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2012 3:27 pm UTC

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What are the characters in this story? what are their personality, features, the role in the story and...

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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What can be a thesis that responds to this question: What actions are expected of individuals within society? based...

The answer to this question lies in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company in...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2013 7:31 pm UTC

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What causes the misunderstandings between the characters , and how serious are the mistakes ? Why would this be...

The misunderstandings between Daru and Balducci are caused by the directive which Balducci is acting under. Balducci has been instructed to transport the Arab to the schoolhouse and then report...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2015 1:19 pm UTC

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Why is the setting in such a remote place?

The setting being in a remote place is important to both the plot and theme of the story. Because Daru lives far from anything, up in the "vast expanse of the high, deserted plateau," it is too far...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2019 7:58 pm UTC

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We earn of Daru's physical stature in this selection. Infer why Daru's build is noteworthy to this selection. Why...

Camus' short story, "The Guest," is set in colonial Algeria during a harsh winter drought in an area that is very poor. The barren landscape is difficult for travel and farming. New shipments of...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2010 7:31 am UTC

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How does Camus emphasize through setting that the universe is a random and absurd place?

Camus's "The Guest" uses a geographically isolated setting to mirror the protagonist's psychological isolation. Besides being in a liminal space between two separate worlds—the Algerian natives and...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2018 10:46 pm UTC

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In "The Guest," what are the author Camus' intentions given his biological background?

"The Guest" is a short story written by French writer, journalist, philosopher, and Nobel Prize laureate Albert Camus. The story was published in 1957, in Camus' popular short story collection...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2019 8:11 am UTC

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What are some of the feelings one gets from the story "The Guest"?

"The Guest" is a 1957 short existential story written by famed Noble Prize-winning writer, philosopher, and journalist Albert Camus, which was originally published as a part of his popular short...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2019 7:15 am UTC

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What is the pace of "The Guest" by Albert Camus?

The pace of Albert Camus’ “The Guest,” could be described as deliberate. Camus writes about a school teacher, whose life is interrupted by a policeman with a prisoner. He is asked to transport...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2009 7:57 am UTC

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