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The Father Who Changed a Writer's Life

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Born in Prague on July 3, 1883, Franz Kafka had become one of the most influential existential writers of the twentieth century. Kafka’s works often portrayed ideas such as isolation, alienation, and authoritarian oppression (“Franz Kafka”). As like most writers, their works are influenced by either an event or a person’s role in their life, Kafka had his influence. Kafka’s father played one of the more prominent roles in his life that can be seen in his writing and even after the day he dies.
Hermann Kafka, Kafka’s father, and portrayed by his son as a “large, loud, volatile, and domineering” said by NNDB. Kafka’s father is not been depicted in his works, yet Kafka even address a letter, “Letter to my Father” or “Dearest Father”, about his father’s abuse and parenting. In “Letter to my Father” some of the points Kafka makes include:
It is also true that you hardly ever really gave me a beating. But the shouting, the way your face got red, the hasty undoing of the suspenders and laying them ready over the back of the chair, all that was almost worse for me. It is as if someone is going to be hanged. If he really is hanged, then he is dead and it is all over. But if he has to go through all the preliminaries to being hanged and he learns of his reprieve only when the noose is dangling before his face, he may suffer from it all his life (40).
This being one of the very many comments to his father in his letters gives and idea of not just a dislike for his father, but a complete hatred of him. Moreover, this is a personal letter to his father specifically, not a work he published; yet still shows his major influence on his writing.
In 1916, Kafka had finished his work, “The Judgment”. This story talked about almost direction about...

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...writers consider Hermann Kafka a large influence, if not the most important influence on Kafka’s writing. Even until the days of his death, Kafka was never able to give his father the letter in which he addresses to him, and is a mystery if it truly ever was supposed to, as he wished all of his letters and diaries to be burned.

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