Analysis Of A Hunger Artist By Kafka

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Register to read the introduction… As a result his suffering continued to increase. “Kafka, for most of his life, suffered from recurrent depressions…he displayed all the classic symptoms of an overweening aggression turned inward: suicidal self-hatred, agonizing indecision, hypochondria, manipulative self-pity, insatiable demands for love beyond the hope of any satisfaction, and, in addition, chronic headaches and insomnia and digestive disturbances…but…to designate Kafka’s despair as a depression is not an explanation but merely a label for what is abundantly self-evident. …What made him unique was the way he alone was able to transform his struggles into an act of supreme creative fulfillment.” (Pawel …show more content…
Because of the location of the illness in his throat, he was barely able to eat, drink, or even speak towards the end of his life. Although he had written A Hunger Artist before this stage of his illness had set in, it’s not a stretch of the imagination to see how it would have been partly inspired by Kafka’s increasingly restricted diet, over the course of his worsening illness. In the end, he too, had great difficulty finding the food he liked. “Kafka, by then quite unable to eat, was wasting away, dying of starvation and immersed in the gallery proofs of A Hunger Artist. Fate lacked the subtle touch of Kafka’s art.” …show more content…
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