A Hunger Artist | Study Guide

Franz Kafka

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A Hunger Artist | Characters

Character Description
Hunger artist The hunger artist is a man who tours as a performance artist; in his performances, he fasts for up to 40 days. Read More
Impresario The impresario is the hunger artist's tour manager who takes him all over Europe to perform his fasting. He allows the hunger artist to fast for only 40 days, because the audience loses interest after that. Read More
Supervisor The supervisor manages the circus, and forgets about the hunger artist's existence until he is dying. While listening to the hunger artist's last words, he silently indicates to the other workers that he thinks the hunger artist is mentally ill.
Watchmen The watchmen are hired to ensure the hunger artist doesn't sneak food after the audience has left. The watchmen—who, ironically, are butchers by trade—don't believe the hunger artist is truly starving himself. They even turn their backs so he can "sneak" food, which causes the hunger artist despair.
Young ladies The young ladies escort the hunger artist from his cage after his fast is over. They are frightened by his appearance, and one begins to cry after touching him.
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