A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka

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What might the panther symbolize in "A Hunger Artist"?

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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 death due to his skeletal appearance. The panther is filled with life.

The artist fasts because he seeks to attain spiritual perfection through his art. He lives in constant hunger for this purpose—or so he would have it appear....

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