Humanism and the White Man’s Burden’: Camus, Daru, Meursault and the Arabs
In The Stranger (1942), a French Algerian named Meursault murders a nameless Arab. In ‘L’Hôte’, the central story of Exile and the Kingdom (1957), a schoolteacher named Daru feeds the hungry bodies and souls of young Arab children; he is sentenced to death by Arab freedom fighters because of a misunderstanding related to his handling of a nameless Arab criminal. Both stories were written for a Continental French as well as an Algerian French audience but they are widely known and taught throughout the world as examples of great Western literature.
KeywordsPersonal Morality Freedom Fighter Social Outcast Poetic Justice Central Story
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