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A Hunger Artist

In "A Hunger Artist," Franz Kafka explores isolation through the titular character. The hunger artist physically alienates himself from other people by putting himself in a cage and starving for...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018 8:43 pm UTC

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A Hunger Artist

You have asked an excellent question about this fascinating story. One central theme that can be clearly identified is the relationship between the artist and their audience - note the title of the...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2010 9:25 pm UTC

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A Hunger Artist

The tone of Franz Kafka's "A Hunger Artist" is so uncanny and at the same time so matter-of-fact that critics have invented a special name for it. The tone of this story is "Kafkaesque." It is very...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2014 11:10 am UTC

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A Hunger Artist

In Kafka's classic short story "A Hunger Artist," the main symbols are: the hunger artist vs. the crowds of onlookers: establishes the themes spirituality vs. decadence; individualism vs....

Latest answer posted November 17, 2010 11:09 pm UTC

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A Hunger Artist

Kafka's work details a very peculiar and paradoxical relationship between the artist and the audience. On one hand, the artist believes in the intrinsic value of what he does. His fasts, the...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2010 8:00 pm UTC

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A Hunger Artist

The panther is established as the artist's polar opposite. Whereas the artist is frail and lacking in any kind of desire, the panther is energetic and hungry for meat. The artist is associated with...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2019 10:57 pm UTC

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A Hunger Artist

I think that one reason why the artist in Kafka's story has to be a hunger artist is to reflect the condition of alienation that drives his art. Unlike a priest, who recognizes that there is a...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2013 12:18 pm UTC

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A Hunger Artist

The short story "A Hunger Artist" by Franz Kafka is an allegory that can be interpreted several different ways. Kafka begins the tale by reminiscing about a time in the past when professional...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2020 7:56 pm UTC

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A Hunger Artist

For Kafka's work the drive for perfection is almost a solitary one. It seems to be a quest for an ideal that few, if any, would understand or appreciate. The notion here is that individuals, in...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2009 10:52 pm UTC

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A Hunger Artist

Like any self-respecting artist, the protagonist of "A Hunger Artist" sees himself as a class apart from the rest of society. He doesn't subscribe to society's dominant value-system, which he sees...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020 7:18 am UTC

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A Hunger Artist

"A Hunger Artist" is an allegory about the artistic process. The hunger artist is famous for his ability to fast. He travels from city to city, displayed in a cage, and people come to watch him...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020 2:53 pm UTC

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A Hunger Artist

Kafka's style is one of literary modernism. Like most of Kafka's works, "A Hunger Artist" is an absurdist work in which an unlikely protagonist tries to make sense of the nonsensical world around...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019 7:15 pm UTC

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A Hunger Artist

Franz Kafka's "A Hunger Artist" is a metaphor for the yearning and alienation we all experience, to some extent. A priest or a singer or a painter or a sculptor or an author might just as easily...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2010 1:56 am UTC

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A Hunger Artist

The concept of a "hunger artist" is real and something that does exist. This was the realm of professional fasting, whereby individuals fasted and there was a public fascination with it. Yet, I...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2011 6:53 am UTC

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A Hunger Artist

Your question seems to point towards the importance placed on the passing of the times and how what is in vogue one moment becomes anachronistic the next moment. Note how this is referenced from...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2011 7:40 pm UTC

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A Hunger Artist

The hunger artist is an individual, a very unique individual at that. Even among the artistic community, he stands out from the crowd. Virtually no one else is doing what he does, fasting in a cage...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020 12:29 pm UTC

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A Hunger Artist

At its most basic level, the cage represents both physical and mental imprisonment. The hunger artist is put in a cage when he obtains a post at the circus. At this point, his "art" is no longer...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020 1:02 pm UTC

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A Hunger Artist

I think that some of the Postcolonial elements in Kafka's work has to relate to how the artist is perceived by the public and how he perceives himself. There is a sizeable gap between both sets of...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2011 3:35 am UTC

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A Hunger Artist

This is a very interesting question. The starting point for an answer is the difference between fiction and real life. A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka is not a piece of journalism, but instead a...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2015 9:47 pm UTC

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A Hunger Artist

The short story "A Hunger Artist" by Franz Kafka begins with an explanation that this form of discipline used to be a popular form of entertainment. People would pay admission and marvel to see the...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2020 12:16 am UTC

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A Hunger Artist

This is an excellent question. Of course, the point of view of this challenging short story is third person limited, which helps create the detached tone that you refer to. From the very start of...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2011 7:07 pm UTC

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