Day 2

The Guest Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Today's reading began where yesterdau's left off, with Balducci placing a revolver on Daru's desk. Camus writes, "the revolver shone against the black paint of the table" In addition, the reader learns Daru has a shotgun. Ask the class to interpret the meaning of the gun, or guns, in the story? Why does Camus mention that it "shone"?

    There are several possible responses to the question.

    • The guns, of course, symbolize the potential of violence; at the moment things are peaceful, but the potential for violence is great once the war progresses.
    • The gun can symbolize the war that is just beginning in the background of the story.
    • The gun represents the power the French have...

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