Analysis Of Franz Kafka 's Life Essay

1019 WordsOct 7, 20165 Pages
Over time, psychoanalysis has been revised and developed in different directions. There are many basic tenets of psychoanalysis, and it has received criticism from a wide variety of sources. Nonetheless, it remains a strong influence within the realm of psychiatry, and more so in some quarters than others. Simply put, Freud explores the unconscious mind. And although Kafka may not have meant for it to come across this way in his writing, his characters and the events that take place truly do reflect him. Knowing Franz Kafka’s life is a key to understand his writings for the events of his life are the clear origin of the neurotic tensions of his works. Thesis: Through the use of Freudian Psychoanalysis, Franz Kafka’s life as well as Kafka’s work, The Trial, is further unearthed using the three psychic zones of id, ego and superego as well as the themes of alienation, guilt, frustration and helplessness. Id refers to internal and primitive impulses. Of these impulses, sexual impulse is the strongest. The id manifested through K. as he suddenly had the urge to kiss Fraulein Burstner “like a thirsty animal furiously lapping at the water of the spring it has found at last” (Kafka 26). K. has this urges, among other urges throughout the novel to either exploit, manipulate, belittle, or gain control and authority over others due to how highly he thought of himself. Kafka had many failed relationships with women, so Kafka may have lived vicariously through K.’s acts. Through his
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