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

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linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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 unbound, the Arab could easily kill Daru and escape, but he doesn't. The next day, when Daru gives him another opportunity to save his life, the Arab chooses the path that will lead to prison and execution. It is difficult to understand these actions, which are contradictory to what anyone else might do.