The Trial by Franz Kafka is an amalgamation of allegories. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

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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.

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Another major allegory is the themes of observation and surveillance which are reflected in ‘The Trial’. The industrial revolution were the first to introduce surveillance the idea of being monitored and watched by keeping records in paper databases of people. In the opening paragraph K. is being observed. ‘Old lady living opposite who was observing him with a curiosity quite unusual’, this causes K. to feel unsettled by being scrutinised also he knows he is being watched and this makes him feel more restricted. The reoccurring dialogues set in liminal spaces such as windows, doorways, corridors and staircases are motifs ...

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