The Trial and Thematics of Law Franz Kafka’s novel has stood into our current moment as one of the most intriquing and original pieces of literature from the modern era. “The Trial,” one of his most important books, was never finished by Kafka, but it is still a powerful tale of the modern condition. There are a number of themes which run through this novel with great frequency, like the nature of existence or other existential themes, gender relations, or perhaps most prominently the nature of law and justice. This essay will investigate and analyze “The Trial” paying particularly close attention to the themes of law and justice, and the importance that these themes have on the events of the novel. I shall begin with a summary of the work...The end:
..... guards the law from outsiders, and it is guarded by a gatekeeper. The man spends his entire life trying to gain entry, but he is never allowed in, nor told why he cannot enter. With his dying breath, he asks the gatekeeper why is it, that if all want to find the law, “that in all these years no one but me has requested admittance?” (217) The gatekeeper tells him it is because it was made solely for him, and then he shuts the gate as the man dies. This story matches K.’s fate closely. He never learns anything about the invisible forces that are set out against him. Like Titorelli, the Priest, and Block, K. learns that he must give up finding out what is going on, and the best he can hope for is indefinite postponement of his guilty verdict.