A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka

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What do we mean by the search for perfection? How is the "search for perfection" an obstacle for Kafka's main character in the Hunger Artist?

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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 this case, the artist, strive to a realm which embraces the highest of caliber in the production of their art.  The hunger artist is continually driven to push himself to a limit that represents the penultimate in artistic creation.  In this setting, the search for perfection is this realm where an artist is able to seek out the highest in production of art.  It is difficult to attain, almost spiritual in its scope and nature.  This might be why...

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