The Guest by Albert Camus essay

The Guest by Albert Camus reveals different conflicts, some of which may be unseen at first glance. In such a context, the internal conflict of an individual is particularly noteworthy because the author attempts to reveal the good nature of the man through the resolution of the internal conflict. In this regard, the Arab, who was under the custody of Daru, had a free choice either to escape or to turn himself in. The author shows that, when an individual confronts the internal conflict, he is capable to make ethically correct choice.

In fact, the Arab under the custody of Daru was suspected in the manslaughter but Daru is not willing to interfere in this case. Instead, he prefers the strategy of non-interference and this is his personal choice and solution of his internal conflict. Daru faces the conflict between his obligation in face of the existing legal system, which he is supposed to obey as a good citizen. On the other hand, he cannot bear the responsibility of sending the Arab to the court (Camus, 132). In face of such a conflict, Daru prefers non-interference that turns out ethically correct choice because Daru does not come into conflict with his moral principles and beliefs.

Similarly, the Arab faces the internal conflict between his desire to preserve his freedom and escape, on the one hand, and his remorse after murdering a person and his desire to be punished for the crime (Camus, 159). Eventually, he prefers to the punishment and trial that is ethically correct. This is why he goes to Tinguit.

Thus, Albert Camus reveals the fact that, when individuals confront internal conflicts they tend to make ethically correct choices.


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