A Study of the Complex Interiors of the Conscious and the Unconscious in Franz Kafka’s The Trial

Aiman Reyaz, Priyanka Tripathi


Born to respectable Jewish parents, Kafka received a thorough education in German schools. Soon after receiving a doctorate in law in 1906, Kafka worked for an insurance company and rose to the level of Vice Secretary in 1913- the year before he started writing his The Trial. In the novel, the protagonist, Josef K. is arrested for no apparent reason. His struggles are in vain because he does not know why he is being tried, when he will be tried and what he can do to untangle himself from the complex network of bureaucracy and judiciary. The aim of the paper is to highlight the condition of Josef. He is an epitome of the Modernist condition where the individual finds himself isolated and cut off from all traditional, conventional sources of support, the self that never grows up into conformity and cooperation with the established social order. Kafka employs nighttime logic in his writings and the condition of Josef is such that it resembles a nightmare from which it is impossible to awake.


Trial, Bureaucracy/Judiciary, Modern, Nightmare.

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