When the explorer arrives at the new colony, in In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka, he meets the officer, who is in in charge of the apparatus. The officer demands that any of the primitive people of the land who are accused of an act, without the right to trial, or even any opportunity to not be guilty, are placed in t...
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...ristics and people involved, and major themes of In the Penal Colony as well as the situations that have occurred in real life, one can see how Kafka’s work is extremely adaptable. Kafka is able to confront the issue unjust systems through a short story that is specific, while creating a broad message for the story to emit. The action of the white supremacists are extremely similar to the storyline of In the Penal Colony to the point where there is correlation between the real life people and the fictional characters. This is rather amazing considering that the short story was written prior to the historical event. On an even more general scale the reader is able to see how the themes of the book are still of major importance today. Kafka’s writing ability is what allows the reader to become so knowledgeable on general issues and relate them to real life situations.
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