Essay on The Guest By Albert Camus

1342 Words Jan 26th, 2016 6 Pages
A reader sometimes searches for a piece of literature that can give him or her insight; whether it is into a specific topic, such as human nature, or into life in general. Complex works of interpretive literature can often shed light on matters such as the aforementioned. However, effort and investigation on the behalf of the reader are necessary in order for him or her to become more aware of the real world. The short story, “The Guest” by Albert Camus is the epitome of such interpretative literature. Even though Erikson’s psychosocial theory is disparate when compared with “The Guest” as a whole, it is only logical that it be used to critically analyze particular aspects of the development of the characters through the decisions they make and the actions they take. In order to evaluate characters with a theory such as this, though, it is essential to understand the person who shaped this theory and the ideas behind the psychosocial theory itself. Erik Erikson was a psychoanalyst who altered views on human development and human personality. A major feature of Erikson’s theory is that the society a person is exposed to and learns to live in impacts the extent of changes in that person’s personality. He created the well-known term, “Identity Crisis” which is “a period of uncertainty and confusion in which a person 's sense of identity becomes insecure, typically due to a change in their expected aims or role in society.” (“Erik Erikson”) More significantly, his theory…

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