Exploring Free Will and Decision Making in Albert Camus' short story "The Guest," In Albert Camus' short story "The Guest," Camus raises numerous philosophical questions. These are: does man have free will?, are an individual's decisions affected by what society demands, expects, neither, or both?, and finally, how does moral and social obligation affect decision making? Balducci brings the Arab to Daru's door, informing Daru that "I have an order to deliver the prisoner and I'm doing so," (90) thus freeing Balducci of the responsibility over wherever the Arab ultimately ended up. Balducci didn't want the responsibility of the Arab possibly escaping, and by doing only as was expressly required of him (delivering the Arab to Daru's door and giving the orders of the Arab's destination to Daru), he was also setting the story so that any decision Daru later took was an act of Daru's alone and was not directly dependent on any other decision another man had made prior. Balducci avoids the social obligation he's supposed to feel.
Though Dawson appears to have no remorse over what he 's done, we see that he knows what he did was wrong when he says “I never meant to hurt Willy” to Kaffee, Jo, and Sam after he 's been sentenced. Would Dawson and Downey have done what they did to Santiago if they were at home with family? If they had never joined the Marines? Zimbardo 's answer to this would be a definite no. To explain his reasoning, he says “To what extent do we allow ourselves to become imprisoned by docilely accepting the roles others assign us or, indeed, choose to remain prisoners because being passive and dependent frees us from the need to act and be responsible for our actions (117).” Through Zimbardo 's viewpoint, Dawson and Downey were nothing more than ordinary men who were placed in an extreme role and were radically changed to assume that role.
Guy goes on to saying that turning himself in would be a “mere gesture” and that it would be a minor point .He continues exploring the notation of turning himself in, displaying the true depths of Guy’s internal conflict,“a confession seemed a minor point, a mere gesture, even an easy way out, an avoidance of the truth.If the law executed him, it would be a mere gesture.”. Guy guilt is show to be weighting heavily on him, so much so that he feels as though that his own death would not be enough to fix his wrong doing. In this line we see the hopelessness of Guy, that he will not be able to escape this internal guilt that he is feeling. Highsmith usage of repetition,Guy repeating “a mere gesture”, emphasis a feeling of hopelessness.This repetition
Imprisoned in jail and robbed of his freedom, Meursault is forced to contemplate on his past actions and regrets not appreciating his freedom when he still had it. Prior to the incident with the Arab, Meursault made decisions based on convenience, taking the path that held the least resistance. Rather than rejecting Raymond’s request to write the letter, Meursault agrees because disagreeing would complicate the situation unnecessarily. He fails to recognize the immorality of his behavior and does not think about the possible consequences of his actions. This way of life eventually leads him to kill an Arab, resulting in his incarceration.
Roark establishes his own practice and has a conversatio... ... middle of paper ... ...y and non-conformity is highlighted in the exchange between Peter Keating and Howard Roark on the A.G.A, as Howard has no intent of entertaining any such invitation and Peter can think of nothing sweeter. Finally, Howard Roark reaches a pinnacle of non-conformity as he destroys the only hold society ever had on him, the Cortlandt Housing Project. Howard Roark is a standard that one can strive towards, realistically, however, it would be almost impossible to follow in his footsteps. Even in striving to reach his level one conforms to a set of idea, in a sense one conforms to non-conformity. This novel illustrates in an effective manner that happiness must be reached through holding fast to one's own values.
In Albert Camus's "The Guest," an idealistic schoolmaster, Daru, is forced to make many unsettling decisions when ordered to deliver an Arab prisoner to higher authorities in Tinguit. From the beginning, after the prisoner is transferred into his custody, Daru chooses to treat him as a guest rather than a prisoner. Also, Daru decides not to cast judgment on the Arab for the crime of killing his cousin. Lastly, Daru chooses not to play God and assume the awesome responsibility of deciding another man's fate. Thus, when Daru is faced with a series of confusing and complicated situations he chooses to be himself and make his own decisions rather than be influenced by others.
The Duke then tries to change the tone of the conversation by appealing to the small amount of humanity that Shylock has left. His words are in stark contrast to the true nature of Shylock. The Duke makes a desperate plea by saying. But his belief lacks a sense of reality, as Shylock has repeatedly suggested that he wants nothing more than a pound of Antonio’s flesh, and has also never shown any sign of mercy or forgiveness. In this speech, the Duke tries relentlessly to persuade Shylock himself that these feelings do in fact exist, and Shylock should, therefore, act reasonably in his decision of whether or not to seek the proper forfeiture of his bond.
He prefers not to honor any request from his employer that would make him deviate from what he prefers to be doing. Bartleby's employer quickly realized that, "there was something about Bartleby that not only strangely disarmed me, but in a wonderful manner touched and disconcerted me" (2236). Bartleby gave no argument nor tried to justify denying his employers request. He would simply state, I would prefer not to. His only motive was to do as he preferred.
Although he knows the consequences, Amir steals Ali’s and Hassan’s rights. He continues to act selfishly until he discovers the rewarding effects of selflessness. After Assef rapes Hassan in the alley, Amir steals Ali’s right to the truth. “Did something happen to him, Amir agha? Something he’s not telling me?” (81).
This boxing match, though he fails to beat Dragline, demonstrates Luke's ability and eagerness to disobey authority. Instead of personally dis... ... middle of paper ... ...hat everything is just are laws, but laws are made to keep order; jails are there to rehabilitate and Luke should have accepted that rule for his own good. Luke's disobedience, with the lack of a just cause, ultimately led to his demise when he realized that fact at the end. His desire to disobey authority for no particular reason and construction of an image initially created tension among his inmates. Gradually, inmates started to idolize him, which the wardens saw it as a threat.