The Trial, published in 1925, after Kafka’s death in 1924, depicts the internalized conflict Joseph K faces in a society flawed by its abusive power in the law system. The oppressive and mysterious trial wins the reader’s attention in trying to figure out, at the same time as K himself, what the latter is accused of. On the morning of his 30th birthday, Joseph K disregards his accusation as he presumes to be innocent. However, as the protagonist evolves throughout the novel, his conviction of an unavoidable execution leads him to fame his “shame.”
Joseph K is a developing character. Throughout the novel, he appears as a mysterious individual in which the reader knows very little about. Indeed, barely any information is shared about his past, …show more content…
is absorbed by one final feeling: “It was as if the shame would outlive him” (178). Many interpretations may arise from the question around Joseph K.’s “shame.” The novel begins with a clear statement of his innocence: “Somebody must have made a false accusation against Josef K., for he was arrested one morning without having done anything wrong” (1). This suggests that it is during the stream of his trial that Joseph K becomes guilty, therefore resulting in his shame. The reason for his arrest inevitably appears as a mystery. He may not have done anything “wrong” per se; instead he may have simply not done anything right, or expected of him to do; K is consequently punished for his …show more content…
If this is the case, what can he possibly be ashamed of? Primo Levy has come up with an answer to this question I particularly like and agree with. Indeed, he implies that in his shame, a particular element comes to light. He argues that the source of such a painful feeling rises from the unacceptable existence of the corrupted tribunal, created by men, and responsible for the oppressive, overbearing journey, and inevitable death, of Joseph K. During his final instants, K’s wounded heart experiences the “shame of being a man.” Kafka illustrates in his novel the permanent conflict between an elusive law and a vain search for truth and justice. In The Trial, the law appears to be hidden and distant while still demanding, through its representatives, rigorous obedience. Society is thus divided in two groups differentiating the people incarnating the law to those who must obey it. This submission, however, can lead to the lost of what constitute mankind, the one element, according to René Descarte, that truly differentiates humans to animals: the possession of our souls. Indeed, Joseph K is ashamed of the despicable nature of human kind and dies, in submissiveness towards the law, “like a dog”
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To continue, The author uses a paragraph to simply start to explain what is happening and try to draw the reader into the book when, the author shows this dystopian control By Saying, “We must, by law keep a record of the innocents we kill. And as i see It, they’re all innocents. Even the guilty. Everyone is guilty of something. And everyone still harbors a memory of childhood innocence, no matter how many layers get wrapped around it.
Perry’s disturbing past urges both the reader and the townspeople to view the culprit’s entire story from a moral standpoint. Thus, this causes them to empathize with him and question whether such a brutal punishment should be inflicted upon a man who may potentially have mental issues. The uncertainty that arises in the minds of the townspeople is portrayed in the prosecutor’s conversation with the newsman after Perry is hanged.
Guilt is the fact or state of having committed an offense or wrong against your moral law. Have you ever felt guilty? John Proctor did. He thought there was no way for him to be content with himself again. In Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, John Proctor struggles with the guilt he has for committing lechery and learns how to live with it throughout the play.
In the drama “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” William Shakespeare reflects on guilt . More specifically, Shakespeare implies guilt and how repercussions of guilt can be detrimental towards an individual because it creates emotional instability and distorted judgement. Guilt is displayed many times throughout the play, but mostly through internal conflicts of Macbeth. For instance, Macbeth feels internal guilt when he murdered King Duncan. Macbeth says, “ I’ll go no more/
Dick from In Cold Blood maintained that he was less guilty and did not deserve the death penalty. In stating this, Dick was not correct that he was less guilty. There are justifiable proofs that diminish his chances of being less guilty. These proofs are found within the book and can be represented through his demeanors and actions prior to and after the night. Richard Eugene Hickock (Dick) in In Cold Blood is just as guilty as Perry in that he had clearly displayed his intent for killing the Clutter family.
In which Kafka, through rhetoric, diction, and symbolism, communicated the negative correlation between an economically driven society and its concern for humanity. Kafka also displays this type of society’s creation of economic pressure, its impact on individuals personally and on the family.
For the last trial, he is arrested because the Defarge’s and an un-named person denounced him. There are more similarities than differences. There are a great amount of similarities between all three trials, but there are also a few between just two trials. For all of the trials, the arrest was sudden and unexpected.
Moral Ambiguity and History within The Assault Harry Mulisch’s The Assault is a self-proclaimed “story of an incident” (3) wherein “the rest [of the events are] a postscript” (55). The incident in question is the murder of Anton Steenwijk’s parents, and the postscript refers to the future, where Anton uncovers details relating to the incident. Despite Mulisch’s definitive distinction between events, however, the incident itself is convoluted and its details shift over the span of the work. Through the development of major and supporting characters, Mulisch brings forth a diverse range of perspectives and reconstructs the history of the incident, thereby exploring the motif of moral ambiguity within The Assault.
Human emotions are very fragile and have extreme consequences on the human psyche. Guilt is one the emotions that can have the most harmful effect on individuals. In Raskolnikov’s case in drove him insane. Raskolnikov feels immediate guilt whenever his rationale for committing the murder is put into question, particularly when he is he kills Lizaveta. The second murder causes Raskolnikov’s guilt, the immediate response was his physical illness, but as that subsided he became increasingly paranoid, especially when something cause him to question his reasoning.
H. Auden, in an essay The Guilty Vicarage, describes how the detective novels depict not just one guilty criminal, but, by putting the of suspicion on each and every member of the closed society, marks each and every member as such. The detective, by identifying the criminal and purging them from the society absolves the guilt of the entire society. According to Auden, the detective absolves not just the suspects of their guilt, but provides the same absolution/salvation to the readers of detective fiction also. Auden thus, points out some of the more unwitting functions of detective fiction, that is, to work as a literary embodiment of a mechanism which assumes everybody to be guilty and thereby the need of subjecting all to confession. In The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, once the confessions from all major characters is extracted, the most significant of all confessions still remains -- that of the murderer.