The Guest

"The Guest"

what do the following symbolize in the story, "the guest", by Albert Camus?


The prisoner-

The landscape-

The title-

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Balducci- French imperialism, father figure to Daru.

The prisoner- Arab people and culture. A symbol of forced French assimilation in their own country.

The landscape- Bleakness of Daru's life.

The title- The Guest represents Daru's view of the prisoner. Daru feels the prisoner should be his guest rather than captive. Daru feels that the prisoner is in his own country and the French, Daru himself, are the guests.