126RE: [kafka-list] The trial ???
- Mar 7, 2004I thought that The Trial was an exploration (an imaginative journey, if you
like) of a society in which conformity is compulsory and in which a person
can be arrested and "tried" (K didn't get a fair trial either!) without ever
really knowing what it is that he has done wrong. What is really chilling is
that K is not on the surface a "rebel" or a "deviant"- in fact, he is unable
to think what it is that he could have done wrong! Conformity does not have
to follow set criteria either- how many of us have had the experience of not
wanting to associate with someone (or someone not wanting to associate with
you) but not being able to pinpoint an exact reason other than that they are
not "in" or that they are "weird", etc.
I have to sign off, but I hope that the above is helpful.
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From: "jenna_dw" <jenna_dw@...>
Subject: [kafka-list] The trial ???
Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 17:20:10 -0000
I have been studying Kafka's The trial as part of an English Lit
module and I have been coping with it quite well as I was very
unsure of it in the beginning, as I had read so many conflicting
interruptations and ideas.
What I am wondering is if anyone who has read the book a couple of
times( which i intend to do again in the future) or done an indepth
study of Kafka's work could tell me if they feel that Kafka took the
reader on an imaginative journey throughout Josef K entire story.
Part of my study is to explore other readers feelings on the journey
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
I must say that Kafka's work in this book has had me thinking and
exploring many different ideals and concepts.
I have really enjoyed it and so glad to be introduced to Kafka's
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