Was it possible for K. to just not go to trial?Nobody was really forcing him to go as far as I'm concerned, but maybe I am wrong. What is /lit/'s analysis on this fantastic novel?
Well yeah it's possible, that's the point of the whole novel.
Currently studying everything Kafka ever wrote, reading some weird Diary passages where he talks about how much his mailman has ruined his life.
The Trial is a masterpiece, I can't think of a modernist novel that deals with alienation any better. Quentin's storyline in The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom! maybe but I think K.'s self-destruction is much more interesting.
I think my favorite thing about his journal is that he'll go on like 5-10 page tirades about something totally mundane and then right in between passages he'll sneak in some really great aphorisms like "Today I woke to the joy of imagining a knife twisting in my heart."
everyone was in on it, and I think he had a deep and profound respect for the law, so he had to abide to the circumstances of the trial until he got to the bottom of it, which he never does
also, that part when he's at work and opens the door to find the two men being punished is pretty fucking disturbing
>"Today I woke to the joy of imagining a knife twisting in my heart."
It's beautiful, and it was even more when I read it (I was going through some rough times, for some reason it feels nice reading things like this).
I liked it so much that I added to my own journal (and it is just one of the many quotes I have added)
The one I copied has a slightly different translation
>«This morning, for the first time in a long time, the joy again of imagining a knife twisted in my heart»
>Kafka. November 2, 1911.
Yeah I was paraphrasing that's the actual quote, couldn't remember it exactly/read it in German, but yeah I'm just getting through it. It's pretty fun to read it in tandem with his collected short stories because there's a few that are just moved straight out of the journal into a short story.
Best paragraph long Kafka story (that isn't Poseidon), is definitely Trees
The trial doesn't exist without K. You don't know what pushes K to just go with it, in the beginning. But as the process went on, i realised that K must have felt guilty of something, it's especially apparent when he meets that judge's maid. That is why he can't escape.