Marxism And Capitalism In The Trial By Franz Kafka

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Today’s society is run by and thrives on capitalism, ruled by our government. Many things are kept surreptitious from us. The government feeds us lies to force us to conform to society’s customs, this is evident in the novel ‘The Trial.’ It depicts the way in which society is ruled by an autocratic hierarchy, which is kept secret from the working class. This is a metaphor for the Marxist ideology of the bourgeoisie exploiting the proletariat in a capitalist society. Throughout the novel, Josef struggles ineffectively against an oppressive court system, only to be abruptly executed, at the end of the novel due to an unmentioned crime which Josef is obstinate he has not committed.

‘The Trial’ by Franz Kafka follows the injustice of the protagonist; Josef, who is arrested by two wardens, and prosecuted on unnamed charges. "Without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning." The nature of his crime is kept confined from both him and the reader. By stating that he has done no wrong, Kafka has immediately presented Josef as innocent to the reader. This creates an element of mystery amongst the reader which would, therefore, make them question the high courts, making the reader feel pity for Josef due to his innocence and in turn feel sympathetic to Marxist ideas. Furthermore, 'The Trial ' links directly to Marxism as Karl Marx says, “capitalism thrives on exploiting its labourers.” This can be seen in the novel, as Josef who is a hard-working labourer who is
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