Kafka’s "The Trial": A Bizarre Story Kafka’s The Trial is a bizarre story written in the 1920’s that warns about what a totalitarian state might be like. A man, Joseph K., is visited one morning by several men, officials, who tell him he is under arrest. They do not tell him why, but they frighten him and then leave, allowing him to go to work at the bank where he is a kind of middle manager. Throughout the story K. is confronted with bizarre members of the law or corrupt officials and people who say they can help him, but they lie, and we never find out what he is accused of (being human?) He is killed in the end, and we do not even know if the two men were doing it on their own or sent by the court; this is truly a nightmare, and nothing...The end:
.....a different side to the world, and that may be good or bad. If you can’t control yourself and you live in a fantasy, it is bad. If you come to some peace by realizing that, as the landlady said, your case involves “something learned” but which there is “no need to understand” (19), this is good, because suffering is impossible to understand: K. spends the whole novel trying to get information or give information that may help him. The woman makes information unnecessary; only comfort is necessary in this world of liars and tragic mistakes and discomfort. However, this idea does not save K. It is when K. realizes he can’t follow Fraulein Burstner that he sees he must go with the men, and that he must die. Death, like life, can’t be resisted.