The Hunger Artist Response

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“The Hunger Artist” Response 1. According to the narrator the hunger artist was allowed to fast for only 40 days because that’s how long “the interest of the public could be stimulated.” The hunger artist’s manager limits his fasts to forty days, which is the same length of time Jesus fasted in Matthew. Christ is the definitive figure of torment, but the major difference between Christ and the hunger artist is that Christ suffered for humanity while the hunger artist suffered because of humanity. The hunger artist is referred to as a "suffering martyr," which is defined as being noble and Christ- like. 2. The hunger artist’s cage symbolizes his lifelong feelings of dissatisfaction. No matter how famous and successful the hunger artist becomes, he never relieves himself of feeling "unsatisfied" and "troubled in spirit." The hunger artist’s need to fast is "symbolic of his isolation from the community of men." Kafka uses hunger to symbolize both a desire for life and a spiritual longing, which the
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Foster during the Spring '08 term at Cal Poly.

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