The Guest

Differentiate between Balducci's and Daru's attitudeto the prisoner.

in "THE GUEST" by albert willam

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Balducci sees the prisoner as an Arab. He has no particular distaste for his crime; his only identity (to Balducci) is that he is an Arab who broke French law. There is a sense of otherness which pervades Balducci's attitude to the Arab. Daru, on the other hand, desperately wishes to be a part of this "Arab identity". Although there is a sense of otherness with Daru, unlike the gendarme, he wishes it were not so. Daru shares a meal with the prisoner which baffles him. Daru would gladly cast away his French identity, whatever that is, to be Arab. Daru treats the prisoner as a guest and not an outlaw.