Character analysis of Daru in 'With the Guest' written by Albert Camus

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We have had the opportunity in the last month to read many short story selections, giving us examples of many different things. When asked to pick a character to analyze it was a tough decision but I would have to go with the story that most interested me to choose my character. This story would be 'With the Guest', written by Albert Camus. With the main character of this story is Daru. In the following paragraphs I will analyze the type of character he is.

Daru is a most unique character because there is some much that we learn about him and there are different aspects to him. We learn about the type of character he is both directly and indirectly. Balducci appears to be a friend of Daru's and we learn directly that he regards him highly and holds respect for him. We see that when Daru tells Balducci that he will not turn the prisoner in (pg 205), that Daru has morals and he does not feel he should violate them.

Daru seems to be a man who is well off, compared to the poverty around him (pg 203). We know indirectly that Daru is very trusting, sometimes when maybe he should not be. He lets the Arab sleep in the same room with him untied, even though there is a chance that the Arab could try to do Daru harm. When Daru lets the Arab eat at the same table as him, we see that he does not think himself to be superior to the prisoner (pg-207). Near the end of the story we can tell that Daru is a generous man. He gives the Arab food and money and the choice for freedom or for prison. Overall we could say that Daru is a kind...