After reading through most of The Trial, the lecture that we received in class seems to piece the novel together. During the lecture we were taught about Church vs Society and family and how the both work together but battle at the same time. Basically the church and society find a way to keep the people inside their guidelines by threatening them with consequences. The only problem with how the society works is that, they have found rules and consequences inside their own “towers” (how they were referred to in the lecture) but the only way for us to be accepted into one of those towers is too follow all of the guidelines. Seems simple, but the only problem is that all of the towers contradict each other in one way or another. Which pretty much pre determines that we are all going to fail in some way or another. This all ties back to religion, with the “first people” to make mistakes. Adam and Eve kicked out of paradise (The Garden of Eden) because Eve convinced Adam to eat the apple with her after they were specifically told not to. Since all humans are supposed to originate from Adam and Eve, everyone is born with original sin. Which is the reason why babies are baptized when they are born. This shows how religion and the church have already pre determined us to fail before we are even born. This ties all very well into Kafka’s the trial, K. is put on trial for a crime that he has no idea of and has to find a way out. By “society” not telling him what his crime was they are already determining him to fail, because no matter how good you are you will never be able to fight your way out of something you don’t know. This also ties in to the lecture, the whole part about society keeping you in their “bubble”. By not telling him what he has done and threatening him with consequences like jail, that ensures that he will follow the rules of society from now on so he is not banned or punished.
Tying The Trial to The Lecture