The Guest by Camus Essay

691 Words Dec 20th, 2005 3 Pages
There are very few people who would argue that life is fair. Some might say that this unfairness comes from God's wrath at Adam's rebellion, some say it's the fact that human beings are so greedy that no matter what happens to them they believe it underwhelming compared to what they deserve. Albert Camus, in The Guest, proposes that there is a free choice that goes along with life and if the result seems unfair, it is because humans are out of synch with each other.

Daru, the schoolmaster that The Guest surrounds, is a French colonist in Algeria, at a time when France was attempting to phase out Arab influence and make Algeria and extension of its own country. The Arab nationalists were seen as barbarians while the French saw
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Indeed, Balducci shrugs off the lack of knowledge of the crime, a public servant just doing his job. Balducci does not see it as his job to question anything.

Even after showing quick anger and before knowing what kind of person the Arab is, he refuses to be a pawn in this political struggle, saying it isn't honorable. The reader is lead to believe that a war is approaching and that the protocol of enforcing French law on the Arab citizens is becoming commonplace. The townspeople, colonists, are supposed to help in the governing over the Arabs but Daru does not seem comfortable dealing with politics or governments. He is shown as a man comfortable in his modest lifestyle.

Daru represents a man being conflicted with multiple responsibilities, all of which are paradoxical to each other and threaten Daru's peaceful existence. We are presented with a portrait for Daru as a comfortable person in his solitude because he knows he has control over his surroundings and his future, but this goes out the window when presented with his "Guest". At this point, Daru doesn't have total control, because his actions will one way or another affect his standing in the town. Balducci says "You have always been a little cracked", an outsider. Rob McGregor, in "Studies of Short Fiction" suggests that when Balducci says that, after an uprising, the citizens, including Balducci and Daru, will "all [be] in the same boat" it is an offer to Daru to integrate

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