The Trial begins as farce and ends as tragedy. T/F
In what profession was Kafka trained?
He was trained as a lawyer
What does "ProzeB" mean?
A German word for "process." "The German word "ProzeB," as has often been noted, refers not only to an actual trial, but also the proceedings surrounding it, a process that, in this imaginary world, includes preliminary investigations, numerous hearings, and a wide range of legal and extra-legal maneuvering."
Is the identity of the person who was slandering Josef K. ever clarified?
K. "... always tended to take things lightly, to believe the worst only when it arrived, making no provision for the future, even when things looked bad." T/F
What did K. see out the windows of his apartment?
Old people staring at him. "... across the way he saw the old woman" "... ancient man far older" "... old couple again at opposite window..." "towering behind them stood a man with his shirt open at the chest, pinching and twisting his reddish goatee."
In the second chapter, whom did K. talk to and in what order?
First, Frau Grubach (his landlady).... and then Fraulein Burstner (his neighbor whose apt was used during the initial arrest).
At what time did K. meet with Fraulein Burstner?
On what day of the week did the initial inquiry (ch. 3) take place?
Did K. arrive on time for the initial inquiry?
No. He was an hour and five minutes late. "You should have appeared here an hour and five minutes ago..."
How many people were in the room where the initial inquiry took place?
What was on the table in the empty court room?
Several books that belonged to the examining magistrate.
Where was The Law Court Offices?
The attic of an apartment building.
Why were the guards Franz and Willem being flogged?
Because K. complained about their conduct during his initial arrest to the examining magistrate.
What is the nature of K.'s uncle Karl?
Slightly stooped, reckless, hasty, slightly aggressive and a little hyper.
What is the physical status of the lawyer Herr Huld?
He has a bad heart that is worse now than ever, he is having a hard time breathing, he can't sleep, and he is getting weaker every day.
Who was in the darkness in the room of the lawyer Huld?
The Chief Clerk of the Court.
Why did K. leave the three men who were discussing his case in the lawyer's room and go out in the hall?
He heard the sound of breaking china and it was the lawyer's nurse trying to get K. to come to her. Then he had is way with Leni... the nurse.
Does K. intend to retain his lawyer throughout the novel?
Who pesters Titorelli and K.
Little girls outside the door
What kinds of releases are there?
1. Actual acquittal
2. Partial acquittal
3. Protactio acquittal
Who is Block and what is his occupation?
How many lawyers does Block have and what does he call them?
Block is another accused man and client of Huld. His case is five years old, and he is but a shadow of the prosperous grain dealer he once was (merchant). All his time, energy, and resources are now devoted to his case, to the point of detriment to his own life. Although he has hired five additional lawyers on the side, he is completely and pathetically subservient to Huld.
Before going to the cathedral, what was it that K. had a hard time remembering?
He had a hard time remembering the Italian language... special terms from the dictionary he would need to know for the tour of the cathedral.
Near the end the priest said, "The story contains two important statements by the doorkeeper concerning admittance to the Law, one at the beginning and one at the end. The one passage says: 'that he can't grant him admittance now'; and the other: 'this entrance was meant solely for you.'..." T/F
How does the life of K. end?
He dies by two guys executing in a rock quarry. He is expected to kill himself but he cannot so they execute him. His last words were "Like a dog!" describing his own death.
What is the struggle with the vice president?
He ignores K. K.'s unctuous rival at the Bank, only too willing to catch K. in a compromising situation. He repeatedly takes advantage of K.'s preoccupation with the trial to advance his own ambitions.
The experience of Friendship for Young Adults Severely Burned as Children: A Phenomenological Investigation.
Be aware of this book
In the words of the survivors of the above book...
The survivors talk about how they deal with their scars, what it means for their lives, and how they feel about them.
How many grounds are in the Holm's study?
What are the 2 grounds in the Holm study?
1. Who am i?
What are the 2 themes in the Holm study?
1. "How society looks at me"
2. "How I deal with it"
"wants to argue that my responsibility to the other is the fundamental structure upon which all other social structures rest..."
"I discover my ethical responsibility in the starving face of a child or in the outreached hand of a beggar."
"One of the salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern, nor attracted much sustained inquiry."
In the elder days of art
Builders wrought with greatest care
Each minute and unseen part,
For the Gods are everywhere.
"It does seem fitting to the construe carelessly made, shoddy goods are in some way analogous of bullshit... The word shit does, to be sure, suggest this. Excrement is not designed or crafted at all; it is merely emitted, or dumped."
"It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth."
"Facts about ourselves are not peculiarly solid and resistant to skeptical dissolution. Our natures are, in deed, elusively insubstantial-notoriously less stable and less inherent than the natures of other things. And insofar as this is the case, sincerity itself is bullshit."
"The Trial diagnoses and The Castle imagines as treatment." You hold, then, in your hands, a description of your symptoms by one of the great physicians of the twentieth century. The doctors greatness lies precisely in the fact that he never pretends he can cure you. He will not offer comforting lies and false hope..."
"...Judgement does not come suddenly; the proceedings gradually merge into the judgement."
"it is natural to read the trial and feel it is nightmare..."
"THE WORLD DOES NOT IN AND OF ITSELF GENERATE EITHER FAITH OR MEANING, YOU MUST DO THAT YOURSELF."
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