What role does isolation play in the story "The Guest"?

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In this story and in Camus' oeuvre overall we need to take into account several types of "isolation." First, there is the physical isolation of the setting, the wide open spaces of Algeria. Second, there is the mental isolation of characters such as Daru in "The Guest" and Meursault in L'Étranger. Last, there is the existential isolation of man alone in a universe where he feels himself a stranger.

Daru, in his isolated situation at the school after an unusual snowstorm, does not want to turn the Arab man over to the authorities. Perhaps he feels a kind of solidarity with the man (though the French colonials and the indigenous North Africans think of each other as the enemy) because in some sense, the Arab man has become a stranger in his own country as well, hunted down by the gendarmes. Yet the message left by the man for Daru shows that any attempt at bonding has failed. In the conflict between the French and the native Algerians, there does not seem to be any possibility of resolution...

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