Project #18498 - kafka- the hunger artist

I started an essay but i would like someone to go over it. write it in more depth and fix it up!! 

- The essay needs to have ATLEAST 2 quotes from the actual story "the hunger artist" and then 3 alternative quotes (from any website or articles). 

- The essay also needs to have a bibliography page. 

** THE OVERALL TOPIC IS TO EXAMINE THE STORY AND ITS USE OF SYMBOLISM. 

- the structure should be an introduction with a clear thesis, 3 body paragraphs that clearly relate back to the thesis and a conclusion.

HERE IS WHAT I STARTED!!: 

 

                  Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. Most of his work has left its readers amazed and yearning to read more. Kafka is recognized for the dreamlike nature of his stories, in which the characters are often burdened with guilt, anxiety and isolation. The short story A Hunger Artist is about a man who presents himself as a work of art through his ability to go long periods of time fasting. Although that is the actual plot of the story, there is much more to be recognized beneath the actual words.  Symbolism is one of the major literary techniques used by Kafka throughout the story. The use of symbolism allows the literary work to accentuate great depth as well as meaning through giving a visual feature to the plot and themes. Kafka focuses the readers’ attention on the protagonist of the story whom symbolizes himself and his personal life.

 

                  Throughout the short story, the cage of which the hunger artist places himself is a powerful symbol used to symbolize the artist’s alienation from society. The cage represents the division between the hunger artist and the spectators on the other side of the bars. In the story it is mentioned that, “At one time the whole town took a lively interest in the hunger artist; from day to day of his fast the excitement mounted; everybody wanted to see him at least once a ... it was the children’s special treat to see the hunger artist; for their elders he was often just a joke that happened to be in fashion”(). This shows how the cage symbolizes the separation between the Hunger Artist and the outside world.  It is often within Kafka’s stories that he uses the theme of alienation to represent his characters. Parallels from this theme can be drawn and connected to Kafka’s personal life.  Just like the hunger artist was physically locked away from society being situated in a cage, Kafka was locked away from society in a mental sense. It has been revealed that “Kafka did not enjoy his family and … he truly felt like an outsider”(Anton, 2011). Through depicting an alienated protagonist in his stories, Kafka expresses his personal thoughts of alienation and isolation. The cage itself acts as a symbol of alienation representing the border between the artist and society.

 

                  Another symbol that can be recognized in the story is the symbol of hunger itself.  For the hunger artist in the story, he viewed starving himself as a method of success and glorification. His starvation is looked upon as art and he therefore appreciates the attention he receives from starving himself to the extent where he sacrifices the basic life necessity of food consumption until the point of his death. The art and satisfaction of his work was more important to him than the necessity of food. Kafka had also turned the pain in his life into art. He wrote The Hunger Artist while he was dying from starvation due to an inflamed larynx. Evidently, Kafka had depicted a suffering protagonist to express his personal outlooks on life.  (quote about Kafka’s sickness) … It is mentioned in the story that nobody believed the artist was actually fasting. The doubt from the spectators can represent the doubt that Kafka experienced from his father. Just like the crowd doubted the artist’s confidentiality, Kafka’s father doubted his abilities and never approved of his writing. It is within a suffering state that both the hunger artist and Kafka create their artwork. The hunger artist creates his art from fasting and starving himself, while Kafka produced the artwork of this piece of writing while he was suffering and dying from starvation.

 

                  It is often within Kafka’s stories that he illustrates the theme of dehumanization. Within the story, there is a clock that is used to represent the biological clock of the protagonist. “The hunger artist sat in the cage, withdrawn into himself, not paying attention to anything around him, not even the importance of the striking of the clock, which was the only single furnishing in the cage.” The clock works as a biological clock because it is constantly reminding the protagonist of reality. (…) The hunger artist continues to fast, which is fatal to his body and will eventually lead to his demise. While certain that artistic perfection in his performing art career is a gracious and eternal human accomplishment, he toils in the misinterpretation that his supremacy of undergoing hunger will live everlastingly.  Nevertheless, the existence of the clock actually exposes his illusion through persistently warning him of the present realism of time passing by as every clock ticking took away a part of his life (Kafka & Blahut 1996).

 

With the help of symbolism, Franz Kafka is able to effectively express deeper meanings to his story line. Kafka uses symbolism to express his personal outlook on life. The cage serves a symbol of … Hunger represents … the panther symbolizes … the clock represents …  by the end of the story, it is clear that …

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