Daru protests that this is not his job; but Balducci, citing police shorthandedness in the face of an incipient Arab revolt, makes Daru sign for receipt of the prisoner, and departs. And the pattern was repeated for other European powers. Some, including perhaps Camus himself have regarded the stories in Exile and the Kingdom as transitional works, or explorations of themes to be treated more fully in novels to come.
But as they are escorting the prisoners to the bog where they are to be shot and buried, Bonaparte wishes that Belcher and Hawkins would either fight or run.
The countryside appears like a limitless expanse; the domination of the sun also evokes, it seems, the theme of immensity.
Like Daru he has a moral decision to make for right or wrong, and, like Daru, he chooses right. After being shaken awake, washing up, and preparing, Daru and the Arab begin their journey to Tinguit. While Camus insisted that there was no way to make sense of the absurd, many existentialists saw this activity as a fundamental responsibility and freedom of each individual.
A schoolmaster has to decide what to do with a prisoner. Dozens of these former colonies sought democratic reforms and national independence. While there were certainly critics of the colonial empires during their heyday, the term postcolonial refers generally to the period since independence was gained by many former colonies; thus it is post after the end of colonialism as a widespread political system.
The snow is melting in a short while, dominated by the rising sun, the countryside will be completely mineral once again. Certain passages allow us to see how, in general, he perceives the country in which he lives, while others deal with the precise settings for the action.
During the night the Arab gets up and Daru hopes that he is running away but then comes back to bed, and later Daru hears footsteps in the school house but then he concludes that he is dreaming.
Despite Daru's refusal to perform his duty, Balducci leaves the Arab with Daru. Noble, he says, saw everything enlarged, but with me it was as if the patch of bog where the Englishmen were was a million miles away, and even Noble and the old woman, mumbling behind me, and the birds and the bloody stars were all far away, and I was somehow very small and very lost and lonely like a child astray in the snow.
Both men have acted according to the dictates of their different moral codes, and yet both are threatened with annihilation, in a system that does not recognize their respective merits.
Daru is reluctant to hurt such a man, and feels remorse when he has done so. Not everyone sees Daru as successful or a hero.
The savage treatment is far from the norm of Daru who sees a man as a man, not as a prisoner Human dignity must persevere within the chambers of the schoolteacher. For Daru is not paralyzed by inaction. On returning to his schoolhouse, Daru, who has tried not to take sides, discovers a message threatening revenge against him for having delivered the Arab to the authorities.
He was placed upon the plateau, or in other words, he was forced to join up with the French though he wanted to remain neutral, as was his character. From the beginning the Arab is pictured as passive, uncomprehending, a little stupid. I ran after him.
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