Joseph K. is the central character of The Trial, although his perspective is not that of the novel itself. As with other figures out of Kafka's fiction readers know very little about Joseph K.'s life or habits. However, he is to all outward appearances a normal, relatively successful, minor bureaucrat working as a chief teller in a banking house. His life as a bachelor appears uneventful to the point of boredom. Once he is arrested his world changes in a nightmarish sort of way. He tries repeatedly to apply the everyday logic which has gotten him through life so far to order or...
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