Reza Banakar's Essay In Search of Heimate: A Note on Franz Kafka's Concept of Law

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Banakar concocts a passionate arguement for the fact that in the story of The Trial, law is not only a concept but an experience that leaves a indiviual feeling trapped. He also gives a well thought out testimony to support the claim that The Trial bridges the concept of the human condition and the legal system together. Even though the piece is unorganized and uses legal jargon that college students are unfamiliar with, the essay should be included in the new critical edition of Kafka's work due to the fact that it gives insight of novel from a person with a higher understanding of the law. Banakar claims that the legal process is an experience that depicts the isolation of individuals against the law. K experienced the isolation first hand. Everyone K has met throughout the story is in some way linked to the court. He cannot go to work without someone questioning him about the trial or without people from the court going to his workplace. Banakar explains that Kafka could have easily written a story from the perspective of someone who has knowledge and a place in the legal system but instead he depicts the modern man who is on the outside looking in. "Kafka's protagonists are situational outsiders, that is their outsider status, is not a function of race, religion or class but is determined, in…

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