Sunday, April 30, 2017

If One Is Hesitating (Analysis of the Short Story "The Judgment" By Franz Kafka)

The short story "The Judgment" by Franz Kafka includes two parts:
Consideration of young man (Georg) who is going to marry fiancée from a wealthy family about sending a letter to his friend who wasn't successful in life.

A very angry reaction of Georg's father for an innocent question of his son and following suicide of the son (Georg).

The first part represents Kafka as a highly introverted writer, the narrator demonstrates the great unsureness in generally not such an important deal. Franz Kafka had very complicated relationships with his father. For this reason, many people believe that the story "The Judgment" is partly autobiographical.

The second part shows how important could be a word which is said by parents to their children. Sometimes children would exaggerate what they heard and it could lead to terrible results.

This quote from Kafka himself explains his method of writing or more precisely would be said thinking:

"What we need are books that hit us like a most painful misfortune, like the death of someone we loved more than we love ourselves, that make us feel as though we had been banished to the woods, far from any human presence, like a suicide. A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us."

It is better to avoid reading Kafka in the moments of weakness when a reader is perplexed, uncertain of himself and have to weigh conflicting perspectives for and against competing options. It will not be helpful.

But it is definitely a didactic and memorable work.

We discussed this story with the teacher Varvara during the class in online English school

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