Analysis Of Franz Kafka 's Life

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Existentialism is a philosophy that is often analyzed through literature. Franz Kafka is a key example of the limitless nature of this theme as his many works are divisive in how they connect with existentialism. Kafka is a unique storyteller and his stories have captivated generations since their publications. His background is important in understanding his seeming detachment from his writing. Kafka’s life is described by Ritchie Robertson in “Biography of Franz Kafka” as “strikingly ordinary” with the only notable commentary be centered on his love life and impartiality regarding Judaism, the religion he was born into (20). This lack of biographical excitement about Kafka’s life points one towards believing he was primarily influenced by intrinsic motivation as opposed to being influenced by external forces in his life. This presumption is negligent of considering the influence Kafka’s parents, namely his father, had on him. In his mid thirties, Kafka wrote a letter he intended to give his father. He gave the letter to his mother who refused to pass it to his father on the grounds that he would never read it (Bukala 300). In this letter Kafka wrote, “The effect you had on me was the effect you could not help having” (13). Not only does this declaration display Kafka’s animosity towards his father, but it also illustrates his acceptance that his father had become the man he was through his experiences and that the choices he made regarding his son were based upon
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