The first question that comes to mind while reading The Trial is, understandably, who accused Joseph, and of what? After all, the opening words of the story set the tone with the assertion, "Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested." Yet, these words can be interpreted in a somewhat different way than assuming someone simply accused Josef of something he never did. For, on a deeper level, it doesn't matter who accused Josef - and for all anyone will ever know, Josef may have ...
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...between a notion of good and evil," and "deprived of all metaphysical guidelines...[but] nevertheless obligated to act morally in a world where death renders everything meaningless." A distinctly unenviable position, it seems that, in the end, what troubles Josef most is the guilt of uncertainty.
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