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How is "The Guest" an existential narrative?

Over the course of his literary career, Camus frequently alluded to the meaninglessness of existence. Existentialism, for him, seemed to center around the human attempt to make meaningful decisions...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2019 9:08 pm UTC

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How is time structured within the story?

The story introduces the importance of time in the fifth sentence: “From time to time the horse stumbled.” Two men are walking toward the schoolhouse, one on foot, the other on horseback. This...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2007 10:26 pm UTC

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What is meant by the words that were on the board when Daru returned from his journey in "The Guest"?

Daru was supposed to escort the Arab prisoner to the police station in Tinguit for having committed a murder. After getting to know the Arab, Daru could not turn him in. So when they arrived at a...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2008 2:18 am UTC

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What is an example of a contradiction in "The Guest"?

One contradiction might be the character of the Arab. Balducci describes him as a cold-hearted killer, but he never behaves as if he has killed anyone. During the night, when Daru has left him...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2008 2:06 am UTC

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How can "The Guest" be compared to the Grand Inquisitor story from The Brothers Karamazov?

I wonder whether we can compare these two incredible texts by talking about the way in which both texts show that moral neutrality is impossible. This is perhaps most clearly shown in "The Guest,"...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2011 6:59 pm UTC

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How does "The Guest" relate to one's response to the constraints of convention or circumstances?

I think the situation depicted in the story has more to do with circumstance than to convention. Daru is given the responsibility of escorting the Arab to town, where he will be "tried"...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2008 1:27 pm UTC

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How does this story reinforce the existentialists' beliefs that people are alone in an absurd, godless universe?

In Camus' short story "The Guest," he clarifies tenets of existentialism and, more specifically, absurdism. Camus was an absurdist. He broke with Sartre, his friend who championed atheistic...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2010 2:50 am UTC

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What is the psychological tension suggested by the alternations between flat, matter of fact statements and densely...

Camus' style of alternating between both styles of narration is one in which the condition of being is revealed. For Camus, there is much in way of complexity intrinsic to human consciousness....

Latest answer posted September 16, 2012 12:28 am UTC

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What connections can be made with the time period of The Guest and the present time?

In 1957, Nobel Prize-winning writer, philosopher, and journalist Albert Camus published a literary collection of six short stories titled Exile and the Kingdom. In it, he included his popular...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2019 2:20 pm UTC

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How would you imagine a meeting between Daru from The Guest and Jackson from What You Pawn I Will Redeem? 

I would think that one of the strongest points of discussion between both characters is whether unity and transcendence is possible. Daru and Jackson experience different ends of this experience....

Latest answer posted September 16, 2012 12:16 am UTC

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What are some of the key elements of power struggle in "The Guest"? Do these relate to the author's personal history?

The short story "The Guest" by Albert Camus takes place in French North Africa during the conflict between the native Algerian Arabs and the French colonialists. This ongoing power struggle serves...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 5:13 pm UTC

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