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“A Hunger Artist” is described through a limited point of view, which enables us to discover many traits about the main character. For most of the story, the character of the Hunger Artist is totally controlled by the narrator—spoken about rather than speaking, seen at a distance rather than up close. Kafka withholds realistic dialogue until paragraph 9, when the Artist whispers his dying confession to the overseer. This part of the story begins the downward spiral of Kafka’s sense of absurdness and surrealism. The narrator is unquestionably convincing and reliable, one cannot say for certain that the story is.
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