In the Penal Colony

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  • Kafka In The Penal Colony Analysis

    In Kafka’s one of the famous stories, In The Penal Colony, Kafka depicts an island which is transforming from an honor-based society to a right-based society. the story depicts an explorer, who came from a right-based society, visit an officer who held traditional, honor-based beliefs. While most of the story is about an officer, who is the only one believing the old policies, explaining an apparatus to an explorer, the machine unveils an judicial system that is not only cruel and outdated, but also unjust, corrupted, and meaningless. Indeed, the story describes that such penal system have the same result as the machine’s, where it eventually collapses and destroys itself, and a new right-based society will be formed. One of the reason that…

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  • Existentialism In Kafka's In The Penal Colony And The Metamorphosis

    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…

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  • Analysis Of Nietzsche's In The Penal Colony

    Kafka’s story "In the Penal Colony" - as a symbolic historical meditation on the origins of punishment, can be demonstrated by comparing certain aspects of this story to Nietzsche’s essay "On the Genealogy of Morals" - which offers a historical account of the origins of punishment and justice. Nietzsche’s essay discusses how humans transform from pre-civilized, e.g., humans in their primal state with little regard for social-obligations; to civilized, e.g., those who comply and conform to the…

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  • In The Penal Colony By Kafka Analysis

    Anyone who reads In the Penal Colony by Kafka cannot fail but noticing what is called the apparatus. This huge machine, described by the Officer as perfect and wonderful, and arguably perceived by most readers as horrible and disgusting. The machine is basically an instrument of death; executions are carried out using the machine to carve into the condemned man's flesh a sentence that represents the lesson he needs to learn. The machine appears very complex and well constructed for its purpose.…

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  • Compare And Contrast Notes From The Underground By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    where Dostoyevsky decides to end the story. As a result the reason that Dostoyevsky wrote this could be because he had the same thoughts as the underground man because he was going through a challenging time of being in debt and dealing with grief. Dostoyevsky wrote this story because there are people who have to live with this kind of life and the way that he just describes the underground man for how he thinks about every thought that crosses his mind in a logical way which makes him change…

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  • 'Religious Allegory In Kafka's In The Penal Colony'

    There are four major characters in Kafka’s story “In the Penal Colony”: the officer, the condemned man (or the prisoner), the soldier, and the explorer. All but one of the men, the explorer, has resided in the penal colony for some time. The explorer, meanwhile, is a visitor, presumably from a more civilized, progressive part of Western Europe as the ruling Commandant gives the explorer special privileges as a “Westerner”. At the end of the story, the explorer leaves the penal colony, leaving…

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  • Angola Rodeo Thesis

    The Angola Rodeo, a tradition held annually in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, is an event inmates die for. Danger not only subsists in the race itself, but also in the fact that the rodeo doesn’t seem problematic on the surface. The inmates are completely aware of the risks which they are willing to take on for their own fun; they even sign a legal release indicating their free will and waiving culpability of the State of Louisiana. Not only so, it’s a scarce opportunity for them to feel…

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  • Kafka Analysis

    displeased with the ending of the story, going as far as to call it “botched.” (Gray 216). It was not until 1917, after the repeated insistence of his publisher Kurt Wollf, that Kafka returned to the story. (Gray 216). However, during this period of time, Kafka found his life falling into disarray. In 1917, three years after the disintegration of their engagement, Kafka and his former fiancé Felice Bauer ended their relationship. To Kafka, the relationship’s failure stemmed from a polar…

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  • Franz Kafka's Existentialism

    the two. Some of his most famous short works, including “The Metamorphosis,” “A Hunger Artist,” and “In the Penal Colony,” portrays characters who are stuck in between fulfilling their spiritual wants and answering to their bodily needs. Despite generally nightmarish occurrences and events, a theme of how one’s spirituality transcends his bodily concerns can be identify in these short stories. By including a theme of mind versus body, Kafka’s works supports the existentialist…

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  • Summary Of Foucault's Discipline And Punish

    In Discipline and Punish, Foucault outlines the civilized transformation between a penal society designed around deterrence to that of one that treats the criminal as an actual human being that is malleable and can become rational agents of society if punished through non-torturous means. The image of barbaric punishment is reestablished in Franz Kafka’s The Penal Colony, where the “Traveler,” a character who analogously represents consciousness of a more civilized society, is appalled by the…

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