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Chan, Lisa German R5A Section 103 9/22/09 Going Unnoticed Some people mistakenly believe that the purpose one has for certain achievements stays consistent throughout one’s life. However, as I read Kafka’s “Starvation Artist,” it was interesting to witness how, in fact, purpose often changes with time. More specifically, I found that the starvation artist’s purpose to achieve starvation as an art devolves from the sole purpose of gaining honor for himself to seeking admiration from others. Thus, we see how the starvation artist, initially seeking internal worth, becomes greedy and only finds satisfaction by seeking external worth; in simpler words, instead of defining himself, he lets others define him. Near the end of the reading, the starvation artist can no longer save himself from the widely disinterested audience and dies; this brings up an important controversy: Does the starvation artist take part in his art for self-honor and self-satisfaction or for the glory gained from the interest and admiration that others invested in him. In this paper, I will prove that the starvation artist does so for both reasons, but each at different times and thus, in different contexts. Initially, the starvation artist’s purpose for conducting starvation as an art came from the simple self-gratification of something he loved to do. He didn’t care what other people thought about him; all that he was concerned with was his own personal achievement for starving so long. It is stated that the clock was the single most important thing to him. From this we can reinforce the fact that he continually wanted to prove the duration of his art to himself. He was so entirely dedicated to starving himself that “supervision was a mere formality, introduced to satisfy the masses, for initiates knew well enough that during starving times the starvation artist
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2009 for the course GERMAN R5A taught by Professor Dobryden during the Fall '09 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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