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"The Guest" and "Symbol and Irony"
Transcript of "The Guest" and "Symbol and Irony"
-Point of View: Omniscient Third Person
-Theme: Isolation and Lonliness
-Surprise Ending:Giving the Arab the freedom to choose between his own freedom or to lock himself up in a cell in the prison but the Arab chose to put chains around his neck which relates to the theme.
-Historical Reference: The Algerian war between Algeria and France that took place between 1954-1962
Daru and the prisoner eat breakfast in the morning together, then takes the prisoner outside of his schoolhouse and begins to walk a little, and survey his surroundings.
Daru shows the prisoner the way to freedom, and also the way to Tinguit to turn himself in. The prisoner chooses to take the path to Tinguit to turn himself in.
Daru ends up taking in the prisoner, but he still does not want to take him to Tinguit to go to the jail.
"The Guest" and "Symbol and Irony"
Author: Albert Camus
Daru, a school teacher who lives in his school on a hill, sees two men coming to his schoolhouse, one who is Balducci, the other is a prisoner.
In the middle of the night, Daru hears the prisoner stir in his bed, then the prisoner starts to rise from the bed. He starts to head towards the door that opens onto Daru’s shed and goes outside. Daru then hears water, and watches the prisoner come back into the house, as he closes he door and goes back into his bed. Daru wakes up some time later when the sun is up, to find the prisoner still in his bed.
Balducci tells Daru that he needs to take the prisoner he has with him to a jail in the town of Tinguit, which is 15 km away, which Daru does not want to do.
Symbol And Irony:
Connecting "Symbol and Irony" with "The Guest"
-Irony in “The Guest” is Daru is as much of a prisoner as the Arab, because Daru is told he must take the Arab to the prison, and he is not given a choice in the matter.
The title: "The Guest" is also irony, because the guest refers to the prisoner
-Dramatic Irony in The Guest is when Daru walks back to his classroom after seeing the Arab off, only to find “You handed over our brother. You will pay for this.” this is dramatic irony because the rebels don’t know that Daru gave the Arab his own choice, but the readers do.
Irony of Situation
-Irony of Situation in The Guest is that Balducci is shown as the antagonist of the story just for the way he treats the prisoner and Daru.
- A symbol in The Guest is the French rivers drawn on Daru’s chalkboard, which shows that during the French colonialism, learning about France was more important than learning about Algeria itself.
-A literary symbol in The Guest is the Arab prisoner. He is a literary symbol because he represents the guest, but he’s also a prisoner.
Symbol:an artistic and poetic movement or style using symbolic images and indirect suggestion to express mystical ideas, emotions, and states of mind
Irony of situation:
irony involving a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended, so that the outcome is contrary to what was expected.
Dramatic irony occurs when the reader knows something the characters do not. Because of this understanding, the words of the characters take on a different meaning. This can create intense suspense or humor.
Irony: The difference between the appearance and the reality.