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The Guest is set on a plateau in Algeria the story shows that despite which role one plays every person has the right to equal treatment There are those of us who choose our own faith facing our own fears making our own decisions and finding our own paths while some take the easier way and allow others to choose all of that for them The storys setting in Algeria gives the reader a sensation of being isolated from the world This is the way it was bare rock covered three quarters of the region Towns sprang up flourished then disappeared men came by loved one another or fought bitterly then died None in the dessert neither he or his guest mattered Camus 4 Camus tries to show that a human can separate himself from society and survive on his own becoming whole within himself Beginning with Balducci the gendarme who brings a prisoner into Darus custody forcing him into Darus custody shows the unwanted and unrequested obligations which Balducci is throwing upon him to make it easier on himself Although Daru does not wish to take the prisoner because he feels it to be dishonorable he reconsiders when the Arab asks him to come The Arab didnt move He called to Daru Tell me The schoolmaster looked at him Is the gendarme coming back tomorrow I dont know Are you coming with us I dont know why The Arab opened his eyes under the blinding light and looked at him Come with us he said We can see that Balducci faces a major dilemma with his inner morals when he openly states to Daru that he is uncomfortable with his role of law-maker You dont get used to putting a rope on a man even after years of it and youre even ashamed of it- yes ashamed Camus 4 Here we see that Balducci fails as an existentialist because he refuses
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