Kafka’s The Trial (second half)
1. Identify the features of law mentioned in the chapter entitled “Lawyer, Manufacturer, Painter”.
Focus on pages on pages 111-120 (the first nine or so pages of the chapter) and K’s meeting
with Titorelli (pages 150-161)
Gathered files of written work including the first submission and petitions are usually lost
or hardly read. This shows how unorganized and lazy the court is in its proceedings.
Court’s papers are not accessible to the accused and defence, hence they lack detailed
understanding of the accusation. Court counsels are not allowed in hearings and thus have to
question the accused in order to piece up important information.
Defence counsel is intentionally put in a tough position because the court does not
welcome them. The reputation of lawyers are humiliated as the court does not acknowledge
them; only unregistered lawyers show up on courts as attorneys. The lawyers’ room is in
unworthy conditions- narrow, small, in an attic. Complaints to improve the conditions are ignored
by the court simply because the court wants to remove the defence counsel so as to prevent
any help for the accused.
“The most important thing is the lawyer’s personal connections, that’s where the real
value of taking counsel lies” (Kafka, 82-3). “Bribes are paid and information extracted” (Kafka,
83). Personal connections and bribes are more substantial than the “law”. However such
connections do not bring about security, only false hope.
During the meeting with Titorelli, K. was confident that he was innocent but he knew: “In
the end, however, they (the court) manage to produce a great burden of guilt from somewhere
or other, where originally there was nothing at all.” (Kafka, 106)
The court is capable of
creating/ assuming guilt in innocence.
Titorelli adds on that “The court can never be persuaded to change its mind.”The
features of law show how invisible the court is towards the public and even the accused. It is
difficult for the accused to defend one’s case since information and order of the law is kept away