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"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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"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 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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Daru is a teacher who is visited by the local gendarme, or policeman, and is drawn into the plans for transporting a prisoner. Daru has no interest in becoming involved in this transport, but the...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2021, 1:54 pm (UTC)

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"The Guest" points to this story's irony on multiple levels. The Arab is not wanted or welcome in Daru's home; he has not been invited but instead his presence has been thrust upon the unwilling...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2021, 6:43 pm (UTC)

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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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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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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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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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When Balducci brings the prisoner to Daru's schoolhouse and asks Daru to transport him to Tinguit, Daru wants to know exactly what crime this prisoner has committed. The details are sketchy, but...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2021, 11:39 am (UTC)

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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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Albert Camus wrote “The Guest” primarily to explore ideas and issues through the lens of a story. First, Camus was a philosopher who developed the idea of absurdism. Absurdism recognizes that...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2021, 6:08 pm (UTC)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The theme of Albert Camus's short story “The Guest” is that people must make their decisions according to their own consciences and then must follow through with those decisions. Daru wants nothing...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2021, 6:06 pm (UTC)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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Daru finds himself with an unwanted guest after the local gendarme, or policeman, leaves a prisoner with him overnight. Daru is tasked with transporting the prisoner for the second leg of his...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2021, 12:30 pm (UTC)

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Daru is a caring schoolmaster who is devoted to the well-being of his pupils. This is a good thing because this short story takes place during a long and devastating drought. Part of Daru's duties...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2021, 4:26 pm (UTC)

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"The Guest" is set somewhere in the countryside of the French colony of Algeria. Daru, the protagonist, is a school teacher who teaches students from nearby villages in his solitary schoolhouse...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2021, 12:56 pm (UTC)

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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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