Kafka Comparison (Final)

Kafka Comparison (Final) - Zachary Fisher-Edelglass EN220...

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Zachary Fisher-Edelglass EN220 Professor Tursi March 27, 2014 Comparing Melville and Kafka In Franz Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist” and Herman Melville’s “ Bartleby the Scrivener”, the authors use various metaphors and symbolism related to food in order to convey their messages. In addition, the characters themselves exist to deliver metaphors of society. Food is a necessity for sustaining life, and therefore can be used in order to demonstrate certain ideas and observations that the authors have regarding human life. The symbolism and character motivation regarding food is used in several ways throughout the stories, transforming a simple source of nourishment into a metaphor for the world and how the characters exist within it. The theme of starvation and food is very strong in Franz Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist”. The title itself announces that food will play a vital role in the story. The narrative pertains to a man whose performance consists of starving himself. The idea of audiences gathering to watch a man deny himself any sort of nourishment already gives a strong commentary on how Kafka feels about the world. Kafka consciously chose an artist whose life is centered around pain, both physically and emotionally. Food is not only used as nourishment, but also to celebrate life and bring happiness or comfort. As human
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