Analysis Of The Guest By Albert Camus

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Sometimes reading fiction not only makes us pleasure but also brings many knowledge about history and philosophy of life. ‘The Guest’ by the French writer Albert Camus is a short story and reflects the political situation in French North Africa in 1950s. According to this story, we know the issues between the France and the Arab in Algeria, and the protagonist, Daru, refuses to take sides in the colonial conflict in Algeria. This is not a boring story, because Camus uses a suspenseful way to show the character, conflicts and symbol and irony.
To begin with, Daru, the protagonist is a round character with many traits. We can quickly figure out that he is a compassionate person. He feels and shows pity, sympathy, and understanding for people who are suffering. For example, in such a drought region, he distribute several water and grain to the children every day. Furthermore, he untie the rope of the Arab criminal, give him a cup of tea, and let him sleep on the bed. In the course of the story, we can see Daru is a blunt person. He says exactly what he think without trying to be polite, in another words, he express his thoughts directly. It is demonstrated by the dialogue with Balducci. He directly refuse to sent this Arab criminal to the prison. Lastly, there is also a few example shows that he is a contradictory person. He treat the Arab as a guest, but he notices every movement that the Arab makes. Although he believes the Arab and try to refuse the revolver from Bladucci, he still take the revolver and stuck it in his pocket(Camus 364). Clearly, Daru is a muti-dimensional character.
Next, the major conflict which Camus wants to show us in this story is the person against social. Balducci tells Daru to take the prisoner to the police headquarters and the Arab want him to be their partner, but he refuse both of them. Because Daru’s decision is not only decide the Arab’s fate but also will shows his stand in the colonial conflict between France and Algeria. Therefore, The dilemmas faced by Daru is from social and it is external. Also, there are several traits shows an internal conflict that is Daru against himself. As a...

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