22 April 2013
“The Guest” is a short story about a schoolteacher who refuses to take sides in the colonial conflict in Algeria. The short story was written by Albert Camus, winning author, journalist and philosopher. The short story was first published in 1957. The story takes place in Algeria with two men climbing a rocky slope. Daru is a schoolmaster, who also lives in the school house. There is no school when it is a blizzard; all the kids stay at home. Daru has been alone for days in the schoolhouse. Daru watches as two men climb up a rocky slope. The two men approach his living quarter.Daru goes out to greet them. One of them gendarme Balducci, is on horseback a friend of Daru. The other an Arab prisoner who is on foot. It is ironic that anyone should be out in that kind of weather. Daru is very kind to them; he put away the horse in the stables. That was very considerate of him.Daru warms up the school hose to ensure that everyone is comfortable. He treats the prisoner like a guest instead of a prisoner. Daru acts like a host, he free the Arab prisoner hands, from being tired up. This will enable him to move more freely. They all drank tea together and ate snacks. The old friends talk and Balducci has surprised Daru with the mission of turning in the prisoner.Balducci tells, Daru that has been order by the government to take the prisoner to the police quarters in Tinguit. Daru is in a situation, which he does not want to be involved. He tells his friend that he want do it. Balducci makes him signs a statement that he has taken custody of the Arab prisoner. Daru is put in a situation which he does not want to be involved. Daru has treated his guest with the upmost respect. Knowing what the prisoner has done, Daru will never have enough knowledge about the Arab to pass judgment. Daru treats the prisoner with respect. He gives the prisoner a cot to sleep on and something to eat. Daru also made...
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