Gaby’s term paper, “Franz Kafka’s Unconscious Biographies”, presented a rather fascinating analysis into Kafka’s own psyche. Some of the themes in the essay echoed Tyler’s paper, as both essays used Kafka’s works to examine the subtle facets of Kafka’s personality. I particularly liked some of the connections presented between Kafka and K, describing how both figures felt trapped in sedentary jobs. Furthermore, the parallels drawn between Kafka and K’s tumultuous love lives was also interesting, revealing how K’s misogynistic personality mirrors Kafka’s. The essay was not confined to The Trial; utilizing Kafka’s other short stories to create a better portrait of Kafka’s personality. Kafka’s works share a number of similar themes, each demonstrating Kafka’s wary attitude towards law and government. Additionally, a recurring theme throughout many of Kafka’s works is the idea of alienation. K, Gregor, and The Officer have all been rejected by society, and represent dejected and bitter figures. Once could say Kafka felt similarly alienated, as he found himself unable to fulfill his required societal obligations. Gaby successfully incorporated an analysis of Kafka’s numerous works with Kafka’s own biography to draw thought provoking connections between Kafka and the characters he created.
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