The Guest

what kind of person is Daru in "The Guest"?

what kind of person is Daru?

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I really like the character of Daru. The schoolhouse is Daru's home, although with the sudden snow none of his pupils attend anymore. He spends the blizzard in his room, only leaving it to feed the chickens, get coal, or go to the shed. During the draught he felt like a lord in his crude house because he was surrounded by complete and utter poverty. He is from this region, which is described as cruel, but he feels exiled anywhere else. Daru argues against delivering the Arab to Tinguit, and is plunged into a state of moral despair at the end of the narrative when he realizes that the Arab has chosen certain imprisonment. Daru is a pacifist yet Camus fills his story with the threat of violence. Daru tries to be accepted by the locals but knows he never will be. Daru will never solve his existential dilemma, which makes his character all the more interesting