An Analysis of Joseph K in Kafka’s “The Trial” and “Before the Law”


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An Analysis of Joseph K in Kafka's "The Trial" and "Before the Law"
The Trial
The protagonist Joseph K. in Franz Kafka’s The Trial is an anti-hero, for he is servile, cowardly, and exhibits a number of other distinctly negative traits typical of anti-heroes in fiction. My own analysis of Joseph K. reflects the analysis of the literary critic William J. Gavin, who notes that Joseph K. is an anti-hero because he “is guilty of ‘bad faith,’ of not assuming the upright posture, of trying to become ‘thing-like’” (Gavin 1).
When Joseph K is treated like an object during his imprisonment, he does not object, he feels that this dehumanizing treatment is deserved, “and seems to find some satisfaction or at least relief in this.” By the end of The...
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