Theme Of Censorship In Franz Kafka's The Trial

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Sigmund Freud argued that dreams represent a particular unconscious wish or thought and exist within a mechanism of distortion and symbolization. He argued that the existence of such mechanisms allows for “censors” to exist within our mind as a way to develop unconscious thoughts into manifested ideas . The assumptions behind censorship in Freud’s lectures give way for implications in regards to The Trial and provides a justification of state-sanctioned censorship of individual values in favor of prescribed norms. The Trial provides a dystopian view of society, and, moreover, implies an obscure justification of censorship of idea, which finds its roots in Freudian psychoanalytic theory. This essay will examine the theme of censorship in Franz Kafka’s The Trial in regards to Sigmund Freud’s theory of censorship and explain its significance in regards to the historical context of the era.
The Trial is a story of a wrongful arrest, and the main protagonist is a man named Joseph K, referred to as K. In the beginning, K is arrested and is asked to make his case at the Court. K is instructed to appear at the Local Court, but the conditions of the trial are strange. While the people in his apartment think that his illicit relationship with Fraulein Burstner, his neighbor, is the reason for his arrest, K goes to the court but only encounter more informality. Wrongfully accused of crimes he is not sure of or even justified, K decides to confront the Examining Magistrate and

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