A Hunger Artist Analysis

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Marquez & Kafka Society is a very cruel and unusual place, we focus more on having then being. Human beings aren 't respectful, we don 't care about others feelings we think of only our self’s. If you aren 't “normal” or what society thinks you should be its even more cruel to you, because we are a deceitful species, not thinking of others in anyway just ourselves. When reading Kafkas story, “A Hunger Artist” and Marquez’s story, “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings” they don 't give you a very admirable look on society as a whole. It gives the reader no hope in society we do terrible things to others to give ourselves satisfaction, or the entertainment that we want. You see the “true cruelty” of society through these artists, the debased …show more content…
In Kafka’s short story, it is displayed to the reader that society is cruel, treating human beings like animals and not giving them the respect they deserve. The Hunger Artist was caged like an animal, and people came to view the artist, and they became amused by him and his suffering. He was merely just a human being just like them, starving and withering away, becoming just skin and bones slowly dying. But the viewers didn 't view him in that way they didn 't see him as a human being just like them, they threw things at him, laughed, and got amusement out of him. They treated him like an animal, poorly, they only thought about themselves not the artistry and the pain he was going threw, they were caught up by their greed. They only thought about their own self interests and treated the artist much worse then even an animal would be treated, they were cruel. Another way that Kafka presents the cruelty of man kind and how it is even worse when you are viewed as an outcast. You 're treated awfully and abused, no one understands you for who you are, just like the man he saw him self as an artist for starving himself though everyone else just saw him as a freak. And when he passes away from starving himself he 's replaced by another attraction like he didn’t matter to anyone it was like the death of an animal not a human being. When he passed away, “the foul straw in his cage is swept out and a new attraction is installed to delight the crowd: a panther- - sinuous, voluptuous, young and vital”. He was replaced like he didn 't matter at all, he was an animal in everyone else eyes not a human being that matter to anyone. Humanity is still portrayed as cruel and deceitful through Kafkas writing as well as

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