A Comparison between Othello and The Trial Essay

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A Comparison between Othello and The Trial

In the same way that the concept innocence and arrogance appear at cross-purposes, a comparison between "Othello" by William Shakespeare and " The Trial " by Franz Kafka at first sight appears contradictory. On closer analysis however, both these terms and these two works can be shown to have demonstrated the same inseparable idea.

The philosophy of both times introduces the ideas. And it gives us an understanding of why they thought that way and to make us understand the writer's work better. Shakespeare birthed in the Renaissance period in the 1600's. At that time England was dominated by Anglicanism-King Henry the eighth replaced the Pope-so the king or the queen has all the
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On the other hand, Kafka began writing in 1914, during the world war. The violence that occurred because of the world war, and all the pain and suffering made the people's hearts turn into stone. And people lost their belief in God because they believe that mankind controls everything and has the power. That is why in that time the government had all the power. Which is considered different to monarchy because in monarchy the power is given to an individual, but the governmental power is divided to a group. Kafka writes about that divided power, which no one knows who leads it. But mostly he keeps writing about the feeling of guilt, and trying to show that everyone is guilty when they are born. E.g. Joseph K. struggles to know why is he blamed. And claims he is innocent. He still has this guilt in him, but he is not sure what it is. Could this be the inborn guilt?

Kafka always referred to the unknown power. He believed he always believed in something! But he didn't know what it was or he wasn't sure about it, whether to call it God or not, but he believed there was a power beyond mankind. In Kafka's works he searched for understanding and reason and tried to find a solution for that power. Relating to the "The trial" that power "The unknown power" is the court, because it is obvious. It seems to be everywhere,

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