222Re: [kafka-list] please help
- Jan 4, 2005"The Stoker," which is actually now placed as the
first chapter of the novel _Amerika_ (although
sometimes appearing by itself), does not directly
involve a father-son relationship (nor does the rest
of _Amerika_), yet Kafka wanted to include it in _The
Sons_. I've never quite understood this. Karl
Rossmann, the main protagonist of the story, is kicked
out of his house (coincidentally located in
Prague..hmm) by his parents for having had relations
with a servant and getting her pregnant. Not much more
is said of his parents, other than that he values the
picture of them he carries around very much.
The story does, though only slightly, deal with the
relationship between a boy and his uncle (which is
expanded upon by the rest of the novel); the same boy
also has somewhat of an attachment to the eponymous
character, and seeks to defend him. Could it be that
Kafka wanted to defend his father against his own
accusations that he leveled against the old man? Or
could it be that I've got it wrong -- that the boy is
the father, and the stoker Kafka, his father defending
him, instead of accusing him?
--- Cady godess <cady_godess@...> wrote:
> I would think the ovious reason would be that they=====
> relate to fathers and sons but I have only read
> metamorphis and Judgement but family relations are
> important in both stories and also the fact that
> are sons and the pressure that it puts on them
> to the story but I dont know what the secret reason
> could be.
For the most part the phenomenology of the world is a nightmarish excrescence.
All these buildings. What did Talbert want to do--sodomize the Festival Hall?
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