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This paper discusses Albert Camus' book, "The Guest." The paper specifically analyzes the role of the main character, Daru and his actual and symbolic role as teacher in the story. It describes, through examples from the storyline in the book, Camus' use of symbolism and discusses how this symbolism is present in every aspect of his story. The paper concludes by discussing what he feels President George Bush could learn from the character of Daru.
From the Paper:"Daru, although angry at the Arab for being a murderer, cannot turn him in "That man's stupid crime revolted him, but to hand him over was contrary to honor" (pg. 24). Daru has been handed the power over someone else's life but, instead of abusing that responsibility, Daru does what a thinking, respectful human being would do. Without forgiving the Arab, without restraining him, judging him or withholding life from him, and also without deliberately setting him free, he gives the prisoner the choice to either take the road to his judgment and doom, or to take the other road where he will be safe - and does not offer an opinion of either. Daru does not interfere in the Arab's choice, but only offers him knowledge of his options. Daru, of course, will pay the price, no matter which course he takes, but he stays true to his integrity and honor, and treats the prisoner as an equal human being, knowing that the Arab, too, will pay his own price, accordingly."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Camus, Albert "The Guest" Exile and the Kingdom, Vintage International, New York: 1958.
Cite this Book Review:
"The Guest" (2007, October 25) Retrieved September 22, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-guest-98953/
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