"One of the first signs of the beginnings of understanding is the wish to die. This life appears unbearable, another unattainable. One is no longer ashamed of wanting to die; one asks to be moved from the old cell, which one hates, to a new one, which one will only in time come to hate. In this there is also a residue of belief that during the move the master will chance to come along the corridor, look at the prisoner and say: ‘This man is not to be locked up again. He is to come to me.’" -Reflections on Sin, Suffering, Hope, and the True Way
“‘Alas,’ said the mouse, ‘the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into.’ ‘You only need to change your direction,’ said the cat, and ate it up.” -A Little Fable by Franz Kafka
Happy 100th post! Celebrating by posting this portrait, done by Andy Warhol! Thank you all so much, whether you are a follower or just looking through this blog for the first time. I am truly grateful to celebrate the life and work of Franz Kafka with all of you!
I created this ‘Fuck Yeah’ because of my love for Kafka, but also because of the immense love I have for his readers. I love them as if they were my own, because I read his work as if his struggles were my own, as I’m sure many people do. Kafka fans are unique because not only do we have love for him, we have love for each other. That is our job as Kafka readers: simply to read, and to love.
For weeks I have one question after reading "The Process": Why was it Bürstner that appeared at the end and not some other woman? How comes it's her that reminds him it's useless to fight back?
I’m sure there are many opinons as to why she appeared instead of one of the other women, but here is my personal opinon. Bürstner was K.’s main love interest in the novel; sure there were others, but she was the most promising. She was young, attractive and intelligent, but K. couldn’t seem to establish a relationship with her. As more women enter his life, he realizes that he will never be able to committ to a real relationship. Bürstner appears at the end because she was the one woman he deeply cared about, yet could not have. He realizes it is useless to fight back because he has nothing to live for, and dies alone.