Kafka The Trial Essay

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This thesis specially deals with the question “how does deconstruction make a space to let “absurdism” come into the prison-house of text? In Franz Kafka the Trial (1925) Kafka’s language and techniques has reformulated the relationship between deconstruction and absurdism and changed the manner in which they are related through his novel The Trial. According to Derrida, literature stands on the edge of everything, almost beyond everything, including itself. (Derrida’s, Act of Literature, ed. by Derek Attridge (New York: Routledge, 1992), p.47. For deconstructive thinkers such as Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, and Emmanuel Levinas, deconstruction can be seen as the act of questioning and looking at limits and borders, but according to Spivak, who has given a general explanation of deconstruction, the …show more content…

This can be understood in the context of Jacques Derrida’s concept of deconstruction and the idea of “difference” in addition to the principles of absurdism which include double negation, lack of reason, incongruity and lack of order. It is due to these concepts especially “deconstruction”, which means to “disassemble the parts of the whole” or to lose its construction” besides most of the themes adopted by absurdism are presented through the trial: the absurdity of the world, the contingency of events and the political oppression that helped in better understanding to Kafka’s The Trial where the udecidability of the text looms predominantly. According to Derrida’s own words, the undecidability “is not only an oscillation between contradictory rules which are very well determined and both equally peremptory”. This study will discuss how the language of deconstruction opens the space for absurdism in Kafka's The Trial. In the opening chapter Joseph K. is arrested and this arrest process took place not at physical standard but at mental standard. Mr. K.

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