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by Albert Camus

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

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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 1955 when he offered to mediate with the separatists on behalf of France. Perhaps, then, Camus decided that man is alienated and cannot find meaning in a meaningless and contradictory world. Certainly, this belief is exemplified in the character of Daru, a French Algerian schoolmaster.

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