Lessons from Albert Camus. Yet another theme can be extracted from this short story, however: Another significant theme is human choice—choices made and accountability for them. In the story it is the state of France at war, in life it is the human being at war with his despair.
He is an exile in his own homeland.
And could it be that the prisoner, in running after him possibly because he was the first to notice, or the one with the best starting position as pursuerand then killing him, was merely acting in accordance with his own tribal custom? In the school there are bags of wheat that Daru administers to the children each day, but since the school closed he thinks their older siblings might show up to claim their rations.
He is in constant conflict throughout the story. Eventually he hands the food to the Arab, along with two thousand francs. The Arab refuses to leave. Daru is angry at the Arab for his crimes, but cannot bring himself to turn him into the authorities, which would be a dishonourable act. Daru feeds the Arab and gives him a cot to sleep on for the night.
When Daru asks him is he sorry for what he did he answers with a stare. Daru believes this is his duty. The prisoner actually comes back to the house, which demonstrates his choice of following what he has been told. Camus, through Daru, questions the issue of whether justice and freedom, as well as solitude and solidarity will ever be compatible in our society.
He requested to be placed at the foothills, between the desert and the dark plateau. Daru makes his decision based on what he believes to be the right thing to do. Plot[ edit ] The story takes place in Algeria and begins with two men climbing a rocky slope. This fact further alienates the two men, when the political situation has already made a breach between them.
The stare that the Arab gives Daru is not a response of stupidity or ignorance; he is just trying to figure out the purpose of, what to him was, and inapplicable question.
On returning to his schoolhouse, Daru, who has tried not to take sides, discovers a message threatening revenge against him for having delivered the Arab to the authorities.
Almost every line of his story underlines it, artistic structure conveying meanings and themes. After walking a considerable distance but still two hours short of their destination, Daru parts company with the Arab, telling him to proceed alone, either to turn himself in to the police in Tinguit or to seek refuge among sympathetic nomads.
The Arab with still-bound hands crouches near the stove, and Balducci sits on the couch. Since they are expecting a civil war in Algeriathe police officers must not be away during this time. No matter what he chooses, there will always be difficulties and acting in good fate will never save you, like existentialists believe.
Camus is uncharacteristically clear on this point.The Guest by Albert Camus BACKGROUND. This story takes place during World War 2 in France.
MAIN CHARACTERS. Daru: The main dude in the story. He is a teacher who is now serving in the French Resistance movement: the group of French people who fought against the Germans.
May 21, · Literary Analysis: The Guest by Albert Camus This is a paper i wrote recently for my Foreign Literature class. It is a literary. Albert Camus' Short Story, "The Guest" [[ "The Guest" is a small story which can usually be found in a compilation of Camus' works or in a World Literature anthology.
Here, I have used the translation of "The Guest" found in the. The Guest - Analysis Summary & Analysis Albert Camus This Study Guide consists of approximately 58 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Guest.
Existential Elements in “The Guest” by Melissa Lachance. Albert Camus was closely linked to existentialism in the ’s, while he spent the war years in Paris; the French Resistance brought him into the circle of Jean-Paul Sartre, which was one of the leaders in existentialism.
This movement is based on the analysis of human existence and the. The Guest Homework Help Questions. Give a character analysis of Daru in the story "The Guest" by Albert Camus. (Give at least three Daru is French and Algerian born.Download