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Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

In the novella, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, a story about a young man named Gregor who was alienated from his job, his humanity, his family and even his body. Gregor barely notices his metamorphosis into a bug; life remained the same for him. After the metamorphosis, Gregor feels completely alienated from his room and…

Elizabeth Costello in J.M Coetzee’s in relation to the theme of Kafka’s works

Elizabeth Costello is a humane, ethical and uncompromising creation of Coetzee. In Coetzee’s book The Lives of Animals, Costello is used to describe her dislike and rejection of the rationality of the criteria justifying the unequal treatment of animals. Costello claims that the purpose of the book is to clarify that to differentiate beings with…

Kafka’s The Castle

Franz Kafka’s novel, The Castle, is filled with frustration and a sense of being lost outside this castle with no way in and no way to be heard in sight. The main character in the book isn’t even known by a name, but just the initial K. His feelings of inadequacy and disaffection from the…

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The Loss of Humanity and Understanding in Kafka’s Penal Colony

Michel Foucault put forth a number of studies on the power of the mind. Such work can often be cross referenced against a host of literary works. When comparing Foucault’s work to that of Franz Kafka’s writing in “In the Penal Colony,” a unique perspective on Foucault’s writing becomes evident. The characters of this Kafka…

Kafka’s Laugh

Staring straight into the sun, the robin flew up, struggled with its broken wing, then fell with the ease of weight back to the ground. Gary walked to the little bird, hatched a few days prior, and stepped on it. Was this a quality of mercy? His mother asked herself having witnessed the entire event…

Hunger artist

1. In the picture inspired by Franz Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist” there is a depiction of the man who is fasting, sitting solemnly in a cage as people look in at him as if he is a sideshow. Women, child, and men are all milling about looking in at the hunger artist and reading the…

Gregor and Meursault heroic

“The prosecutor who [is] leafing through a file [ask Marie] bluntly when [Meursault and Marie’s] liaison begun. She [mentions] the date. The prosecutor [remarks] indifferently that it [appears] to be the day after mother’s death11. ” We assume that Meursault experiences many stimulating physical sensations when “[Marie comes] back to [his] place12” that day. Many…

Franz Kafka and Albert Camus

He alienates himself from the other characters because he does not feel the way they do. Meursault does not hide this from his companions. “A minute later she asked me if I loved her. I told her it didn’t mean anything but that I didn’t think so. ” When Marie, Meursault’s lover, tries to express…

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