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In the Penal Colony | Study Guide

Franz Kafka

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Franz Kafka

Year Published



Short Story


Allegory, Drama, Dystopian

Perspective and Narrator

The story "In the Penal Colony" is narrated from an omniscient third-person point of view.


The story "In the Penal Colony" is written in the past tense.

About the Title

A penal colony—a place where prisoners are sent to live—is the setting of the story. The title "In the Penal Colony" places the reader within the action. The colony, with its controls, punishment, and hierarchy, is a symbol for society.


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