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Franz Kafka

Kafka wrote a lengthy letter to his father, initially as an attempt to begin reconciliation with him—the man who had caused him immense trauma as a child. Kafka's father was abusive and...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019 5:56 pm UTC

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Franz Kafka’s famous parable “Before the Law,” which is embedded in his unfinished novel The Trial, serves as an illustration of the corruption and negligence inherent to bureaucracy as well as a...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2020 7:44 pm UTC

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Franks Kafka is the well-known author of books such as The Metamorphosis and The Trial. He was born in 1883 in what is now the Czech Republic. He worked for several years in insurance, which may...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 7:31 pm UTC

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Kafka's story is, literally, the recounting of a dream. The story begins, however, rather problematically: Josef K. was dreaming. The narrator, who speaks these words, is not K. himself; this is...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2020 1:19 pm UTC

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Guided the title of Franz Kafka's "A Dream, one theme which must be considered is that of dreams. The entire short story takes place in Josef K.’s dream, and as such it is an important theme to...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2020 12:33 pm UTC

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Kafka uses a metaphor, a comparison of two unalike things where one thing is said to be another, to compare a literary text to an ice axe that is capable of breaking up the frozen landscape of our...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2018 10:06 pm UTC

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Kafka's theme in "Before the Law" is that the pursuit of meaning is often endlessly difficult and, in the spirit of existentialism, it is an individual struggle. Existentialism means "existence...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2010 1:48 am UTC

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Kafka presents the reader with situations that are abnormal but often not quite fantastic. Even when the scenario is one that includes fantastic elements, as in "The Metamorphosis", Kafka does not...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2013 1:42 pm UTC

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In 1919, Franz Kafka wrote a forty-seven page letter to his father, Hermann. The letter is a rich primary source of information about their relationship and the kind of man that Franz Kafka became....

Latest answer posted August 18, 2017 6:40 pm UTC

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In Franz Kafka's story The Cares of a Family Man, one can easily consider what something "is" in order to consider it a failure. His story revolves around a creature called Odradek. This creature's...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2012 2:28 am UTC

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The Warden of the Tomb is an expressionist play which explores neural interpretations of the self during the hypnagogic state. A hypnagogic state is the period of drowsiness before one falls into...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2018 3:42 pm UTC

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Franz Kafka’s brilliant parable “A Message from the Emperor” illustrates the paradoxical nature of nihilism: if something has no meaning, does that not mean something? In what is perhaps the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2019 11:46 am UTC

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Kafka is known for his contributions to the theater of the absurd, and The Warden of the Tomb, a relatively unknown one-act drama, with its unclear structure, ambiguous time period and setting, and...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2018 9:12 am UTC

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In the work of Franz Kafka, we are greeted by an array of serious and topical themes, including absurdity, identity, tyranny, and abjection. In The Metamorphosis, we notice all four. What happens...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2020 3:28 pm UTC

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This is a great question. If we take, Franz Kafka's work, Metamorphosis, as an example, we can make a few observations of Kafka's use of irony. First, his use of irony is in your face. There is no...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2012 12:28 pm UTC

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Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, argued that dreams are not just random experiences, but rather significant and specific visions. He theorized that dreams represent deep wishes of the...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2020 6:56 pm UTC

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Good question. I love this story, and I see it as being relevant and contemporary in several ways. Fasting (or starving, in some translations) is the art the protagonist of the story performs....

Latest answer posted July 10, 2010 11:12 am UTC

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This question inspires an interesting discussion of entrapment in Kafka's The Metamorphosis and stories by Poe like "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Tell-Tale Heart." Many scholars identify...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2018 9:40 am UTC

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Franz Kafka was a twentieth-century author of short stories and novels like The Castle. Kafka was born in Prague (present-day Czech Republic) in 1883 to an Azhkenazi Jewish family. His parents were...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2016 2:05 pm UTC

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Like Kafka's work in general, both of these stories seem examples of what we might subject to deconstruction or post-structuralist thinking and interpretation. As I understand Jacques Derrida's...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020 10:00 pm UTC

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Probably it would be best to start our analysis by breaking down these stories into semiotic relationships as follows: Signifier. One would think that Kafka himself, as the author, would be the...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020 11:36 pm UTC

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I believe that in larger cities, a Hunger Artist could gather a crowd simply by advertising it as performance art or conceptual art. For example, such a thing wouldn't seem out of place in large,...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2020 5:14 pm UTC

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