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Discriminating Anarchy A Criticism in Plot of Albert Camus The Guest Who is responsible for whom Is a prisoner the responsibility of an uninvolved individual Can individuals with diverse backgrounds hold the same ideals of the same crimes to identical extents Within the pages of The Guest Albert Camus presents to the literary world a challenge The question put to mankind is again as it was with Cain of Biblical times Am I my brothers keeper Genesis From atop his monastic quiescence Daru assumes the ideal role for his world He is a teacher detached from the rigors of a politically dictated existence He is free to expound upon the truths held archetype within self His freedom is everyones freedom His classroom is everyones classroom until Balducci the gendarme arrives with a prisoner An Arab prisoner is thrust upon Daru with instructions Politics ethics and duty are placed into the same classroom as Balducci virtually drags the prisoner inside Having been tortuously led as a sheep to slaughter the Arab has been walking for at least one-hour covering three kilometers three kilometers up the long winding landscape to Darus classroom Upon arriving at the warmth of the school both Balducci and the Arab enter The gruffness of the guard is morally offensive to the reader Nevertheless for a murderer is there any leniency It depends on the world from which the responsibility originates For Daru his social milieu is his own For Balducci France is the governing body For the Arab the only hope is Allah From the conflict between Daru and Balduccis principles or lack thereof comes the scene in the school as the prisoner is to receive hot tea As the Arabs bound hands reached for the tea Daru is forced to comment He might perhaps be untied Camus 1897 The savage treatment is far from the norm of Daru who sees a man as a
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