Gabe’s term paper encapsulates many of the themes discussed throughout our English Literature class this year. The paper delves into the idea that one is destined to fail the guidelines established by either church, family, or state throughout one’s life, and how this idea relates to K’s struggle throughout The Trial. I found it interesting that K’s arrest ultimately affects all aspects of his life, emphasizing that punishment in one major foundation of society causes difficulties in other societal institutions. This term paper mirrors my own paper in a few ways, describing Kafka’s criticism of corruption in government, and how K is destined to never escape the Court’s clutches. Furthermore, aspects of Tyler’s paper are displayed in a larger context within the essay, as Gabe demonstrates how an inability to fulfill the requirements of all three major societal institutions result in the destruction of many of K’s spur of the moment relationships. I thought another interesting portion of the novel that relates to Gabe’s term paper was the scene inside the church. In this scene, it is apparent that the state’s influence had seeped into the religious building, as K soon discovers that the chaplain is an employee of the Court. This illustrates how the three core societal institutions serve to collaborate and contradict one another, thereby restricting the liberties of the people. The government simply seeks to control the masses, utilizing impossible or unclear rules to establish its dominant relationship over the people.
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