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Franz Kafka

A biography of writer Franz Kafka.

Hannah Williams

on 22 January 2012

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The Life of Franz Kafka Franz Kafka was born in Prague on July 3, 1883 to a successful owner of a haberdashery, Hermann Kafka. His family grew increasingly wealthier as he grew up, and he received his early education from governesses. Works Cited
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Pearson. "Franz Kafka." Pearson Literature. Pearson Education. Web. 11 Sept. 2011. <http://wps.ablongman .com /long_kennedy_lfpd_9/22/5820/1489990.cw /index.html>. As a young adult, Kafka was sent to higher class German speaking schools. He attended Charles Ferdinand University and graduated with a doctorate in law in 1906. In 1908, he began working at the Worker's Accidental Insurance Institute for the Kingdom of Bohemia. A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. L'éternité, c'est long... surtout vers la fin. Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Slept, awoke, slept, awoke, miserable life. Born 1883, in Prague
Jewish and German
Degree in Law + Day Job for Gov
Wrote in Addition to Job
Wrote Amerika, The Castle, The Trial, The Metamorphisis, and Additional Short Stories
Was influenced by Judaism, fiance Felice Bauer, translator Milena Jisenska-Pollak, and Dora Diamant
Died of tuberculosis in 1924 Outside of his day job, Kafka wrote many letters, short stories, and incomplete novels.
His novella The Metamorphosis (his only complete novel) tells the story of a man who wakes up one day to find that he is a cockroach. His incomplete novels include The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika. Kafka was a Jew in a period of growing anti-semitism. His beliefs became increasingly important to him in the years before he died, influencing his writing at the same time. He had correspondences and relationships with a number of women in his later years. These included his fiance Felice Bauer, his translator Milena Jisenska, and Dora Diamant. Despite these relationships, Kafka was thought to have had schizoid personality disorder, which is characterized by a tendency towards a solitary lifestyle and a lack of emotions. These personality traits could also have stemmed from his contraction of tuberculosis in 1917, after which he broke off his engagement with Bauer. In 1924, Kafka died of starvation (due to the tuberculosis) in a sanatorium with very few of his works published or even completed. Kafka left most of writings with his friend Max Brod, who ignored his orders to burn the works and instead set out to publish them. Kafka with Felice Bauer Kafka's novels typically tackle political subject matter with absurdity. For example, in The Castle is a tale about a land surveyor called to a village to work. However, he finds the village to be inefficiently run by a bureaucracy stationed within The Castle. While villagers hold the highest regard for officials of this bureaucracy, the government is run poorly with many mistakes. As it turns out, the surveyor originally got his job from a mistake in paperwork. Kafka was a socialist and expressed his dissatisfaction with the inefficient bureaucratic system by exaggerating its flaws and inconsistencies. The word Kafkaesque means marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity.
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