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Daijah Hunt Dr. Luminita Dragulescu ENG 102 5/4/15 The Hunger Artist In “The Hunger Artist” by Franz Kafka’s a major theme is alienation. In this essay, I will analyze the theme in relation to Marxist interpersonal alienation in modern day society and Heidegger’s idea of self-estrangement from an existentialist perspective. In “the hunger artist” he strives to overcome both kinds of alienation, but does not successfully achieve that goal because of his death. This essay will also include human traits of human nature and the modern human beings to the inevitable condition of alienation. First, the setting of the short story is the most obvious representation of alienation the cage. The cage isolated him socially and self-alienation from the world. He kind of enjoyed isolation for his love of fasting in the cage, in fact he desired to overcome the interpersonal alienation, manifested by his ci=continuous longing for understanding and appreciation. Evidence of his strong desire includes the hunger artist passion for performance, which lead to the changing of feelings of the spectators. Such as joking with the wardens to “tell them stories” and listen to theirs. In the managers despite the fact he betrayed him. His “outburst of rage” against misunderstanding, is demonstrated by his actions of shaking the bars, attempts to break the alienation. (253,255). Also attempts to voluntary his feelings and
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thoughts and his great agony endured by the decreasing of this audience of his fasting. The ending announces the failure of the attempt. The cause for the hunger artist final isolation is the market, it ruins his career. However, the career failure is an indication of how alienation is caused by the dehumanization under a capitalist society than a result of bad luck. According to Marx, in the modern society, human lives are subjected to an in human power, the power of the market,
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