Franz Kafka is known as one of the most prominent writers from the twentieth century. In 1883 he was born in Prague, which was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at that time. Kafka’s family is of Jewish decent and was a part of the German speaking community, which was hated and distrusted by the Czech speaking majority of Prague (Kafka’s Life). Kafka is known for his intricate style of writing on peculiar subjects. Many of his novels are based on “real world” problems and societies. Kafka often presents a grotesque representation of society through themes of isolation, guilt, and corruption (Kafka’s Life). The Trial is known as one of Kafka’s greatest feats. It follows a man by the name of Josef K and his sudden arrest one morning for an unnamed crime. Josef desperately tries to thwart the arrest against an unjust and secretive court system, but is eventually killed (The Trial, Kafka). The Trial is not only about a man who lives in a corrupt society, but also a critique on society in the real world. Josef K is a man surrounded by corruption; the government that tries him is unjust, the people he meets are tarnished, and even the air that he breathes is thick with fraud. Josef K seems to be the only seemingly guiltless person in his society. However, corruption marginalizes Kafka from society and eventually kills him off.
The government in the novel is biased and fraudulent. The court system frequently treats its persecuted unjustly. Block the Tradesman is a principal example of a person being treated unfairly by the court system. Block has been under trial for more than five years. The trial takes up all of Block’s time and energy. He has five lawyers and he spends everyday in the lobby of the Law Court Offices. He used t...
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...the unlawful acts described in the novel. It also provides readers the sad truth that every society has corruption no matter how pure it seems. The absurdity of the novel’s plot may make the novel boring or not as enjoyable. However, The Trial provides an uncensored and accurate depiction of history’s societies and should be considered a classic.
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