THREE WORD DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO ME.
Discussion Questions over CamusThe Guest
Type a healthy paragraph response (1/2 page) to each questions. Reference the text and explicate your ideas. Adhere to the MLA writing guidelines in the syllabus (font spacing and format). Send your responses to Online Tutoring and edit thoroughly before submitting your work. Points will be deducted for inadequate support and/or poor word choice and grammar. Analyze literature inPresent Tense.
3. How does Daru change over the course of the narrative? Is he morally conflicted at the story’s beginning? How does his sense of the plateau change?
4. Jean- Paul Sartre said the following about Camus: I would call his pessimism ‘solar’ if you remember how much black there is in the sun. IsThe Guesta pessimistic work? Does Camus see pessimism as the inevitable portion of humankind? Is redemption possible inThe Guest?
5. What should a reader take from the message written on the blackboard? What do you think this message means to Daru? Do you feel that Daru wrote it himself or did someone else write it? How important is it that Camus leaves the message so ambiguous?
6. What do you make of the accusations aimed at the Arab? Do the others in the story presume that he is guilty? Do they care? Do we receive any explanation for why the Arab must be tried according to European justice?
7. Compare Daru and Balducci. Do they have conflicting senses of duty? Consider their ages social roles their occupations. Why does Balducci call Daru son.
8. Discuss the idea of freedom within context of the narrative events. Does Daru’s decision to allow the Arab freedom of choice count as a free decision for Daru? Does freedom lead to happiness? Is freedom even possible within the world ofThe Guest?
9. Camus once stated The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world. How does this quote apply toThe Guest? Discuss the landscape the events and the conversation in the story in the context of Camus’ concept of absurdity.
10. How does this story impact you as a reader? To what extent can you identify with the situation and/or characters?
Read the assignments and watch the videos for week 1. Reflect on the content. Then compose a minimum 250 word response to the following question: What is the capacity of the human mind? To what extent have I tapped into my own mind? Which of Zakaria’s points resonate with you and how do these ideas connect with the video Brilliant Minds? Do not search for answers on the internet. Quote the article and refer to specific thinkers and scenes in the documentary!