The Parable Of The Law By Kafka Analysis

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The Parable of the Law The Trial by Franz Kafka is a novel that follows a man, Josef K., through the twists and turns of a trial in which he has no understanding of the allegations against him. K.’s overall sense of confusion throughout the novel is shared with the reader because of the many distortions of reality. Every scene is filled will odd interactions between characters, time, and space. One prime example of the distortion of all these elements was the scene in the cathedral with K. and the chaplain. The focus of their conversation was a story the chaplin told K. called “The Parable of the Law.” K. was perplexed by the meaning of the parable but as their conversation progressed, he began to wonder if it related to himself and his trial. The parable relates directly to K.’s trial and the role of the law because of the way order can be maintained through the manipulation of point of view, truth, and consciousness. At the beginning of the scene, K. went to the cathedral to meet with an Italian client from the bank. The Italian man he…show more content…
To enhance his point, he then shared a story called “The Parable of the Law.” The basis of the story was that there was a country man who wanted to gain entry into the law but was stopped by a doorkeeper. The country man then sat outside the door for the rest of his life waiting for his opportunity to enter, but the doorkeeper never budged. At the end of the man’s life, he asked the doorkeeper why no one else had tried to enter through the door. The doorkeeper responded, “Nobody else could have got in this way, as this entrance was meant only for you” (Kafka ###) and then proceeded to shut the door. Following the story, the chaplain and K. discussed the possible meanings of the story and roles of the two characters. It was in this discussion that K. began to wonder what relevance the story had on his
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