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

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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 because of social expectations and fear.  This is an absurd choice.

Culturally: the Arab must honor his host.  He cannot dishonor Daru by escaping with the nomads.  This would cause Daru to be imprisoned by Balducci.  Since Daru fed and bed the Arab, he must obey Daru's implicit wishes, which is to go toward prison.

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