The Guest Essay

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Brotherhood is a thin theme throughout Camus' short story " The Guest" and is not really explored. There is a bond of brotherhood of sorts between Daru and Balducci as both French men and as a father - son type. The father - son bond is implied in the relationship to me by the way that Balducci almost humors Daru and tries to counsel him in a fatherly sort of way when Daru objects to the assignment. His stubborn insistence to grudgingly do the job and the way he treated Balducci caused bad blood between the two men. That is definitely not the sort of thing you want in a location like Daru's.There is also a thin bond of brotherhood of sorts between Daru and (his) Arab prisoner. While Daru may not like his prisoner very much and is very much offended by his stupid crime, Daru felt that turning him over to the authorities was contrary to honor. It is odd that Daru, of all people, would stand on honor considering how Balducci had to struggle with him to get him to follow "orders". Nevertheless, Daru is as hospitable to his "guest" as is possible, even keeping a very loose watch on the prisoner and giving him carte blanche to escape. Daru couldn't do any more to encourage him to escape unless he held the door open personally.How does Camus use the setting and descriptions of the landscape to help present and develop the position of Daru? In "The Guest", Albert Camus uses both the setting and the landscape descriptions sparsely but very effectively to help the reader further under stand Daru and what he is about. The utter and absolute isolation of such an extremely remote posting- a colonial mountain village, at Daru's own request- gives us insight into his character. Daru is not what could even remotely be considered a rugged individualist. He chose his location for the solitude...

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