Essay on Analysis Of Kafka 's The Penal Colony And The Metamorphosis

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Philosophers have debated what the meaning of life is; people have also sought equality for centuries. In Kafka’s works, “In the Penal Colony” and “The Metamorphosis”, there is an emphasis on unquestionably following society’s rules resulting in flaws which accompany doing so; mainly injustice resulting from superior authority and the issue of existentialism which arises from being rejected from society, respectively. Kafka demonstrates this through an allegory of religion and the unfulfilled life of an ordinary low-class worker.

In the Penal Colony, the Old Commandant represents God. A “soldier, judge, engineer, chemist, and draftsman” whose actions and thoughts are unquestionable. The Officer treats his incomprehensible diagrams as religious sacraments and worships him along with the Apparatus with seemingly blind faith throughout the story. Even the Old Commandant holds himself to be some godlike figure as can be seen by the inscription on his grave about “rising back” and to “have faith”. “Guilt is never to be doubted" as the Officer says is now made possible. Unable to do anything but follow this society’s rules, the Penal Colony inhabitants are punished without knowing their crime or any way to defend themselves by the Apparatus, the proclaimed embodiment of the law.
Thus, both the Old Commandant and the Officer are unable to see the injustice in this judicial system that the explorer and New Commandant are able to. They embody the weakening of religion and the…

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