Franz Kafka The Parable Of The Law

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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 was scheduled to meet never showed up, and instead K. was conveniently left alone with the chaplain (Kafka ###). Occurrences such as these, where K. finds himself speaking with a stranger that happens to know all about his life, have become habitual. These odd situations brought about the idea that everyone that interacts with K. is only there to talk with him about his trial. The chaplain was another one of these strange characters
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