Tyler’s term paper, “K’s Interactions with Women”, was quite interesting, as it delved into how K’s relationships with females in The Trial mirrored Kafka’s personal view of women. While reading The Trial, I was often intrigued by how easily K seduced the many women he encountered. However, factoring in K’s middle class lifestyle, it becomes apparent that K was attractive more for his status and wealth than his personality. I had not realized that Fraulein Burstner was the only woman who rejected K’s advances throughout the book, which adds an interesting dimension to a rather underdeveloped character. Furthermore, Tyler presents a valid point in describing K as misogynistic, as he often uses his attractive qualities to further his own case. It is interesting to note the typically minor role of women in most of the Kafka stories we have read throughout the year. In A Country Doctor, the one female character is portrayed as helpless, desperately in need of the male protagonist’s help. In The Metamorphosis, Grete plays a major role in the plot, but appears to still embody typical early nineteenth century gender roles. By studying K to analyze Kafka’s own viewpoints regarding women, Tyler presents an fascinating study into a peculiar aspect of The Trial.
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