‘The Trial by Franz Kafka is an amalgamation of allegories’. To what extent do you agree with this statement?
The trial explores the Christian ideology of the fallen man and his deep sense of guilt. The nature of the guilt is never exposed to the reader; additionally Kafka goes onto to convey the Court as a corrupt bureaucratic system where Josef K. is portrayed as this cog in this enormous machine that is the justice system. We learn this in the first sentence “Somebody must have made a false accusation against Josef K. for he was arrested one morning without having done anything wrong”. The first word ‘Somebody’ creates this sense of ambiguity, who would do something like this to K.? This sentence contains nothing but unproven assumptions also the fact that K. is not informed about the details of his arrest helps to induce this atmosphere of ambivalence, deception and uncertainty which is maintained throughout the whole novel until Josef K.’s death.