Kafka's 'Judgement' - The role of the Friend in Russia. Analytical Essay

Kafka's 'Judgement' - The role of the Friend in Russia.
An analysis of how the seemingly unimportant friend in Russia is used by Georg and his father in their power struggle, in the short story 'Das Urteil' (the judgment.)
# 6283 | 3,630 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2000 | GB
Published on Feb 09, 2003 in English (Analysis) , Literature (European (other))

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The writer explores this character friend in Russia. It shows that this hardly a character at all - we do not know his name, nor do we meet him - but he is a device through which Kafka reveals the true character of Georg Bendemann and accounts for the sentence of death which his father passes on him. Georg rejoices in his friends failures and uses them to underline his own successes, and by not inviting his friend to his wedding, he does not allow him to share in his own happiness. Other subtexts of the father's attitude to his son are explored, such as possible Freudian interpretations.

From the Paper:

" Nameless, he is given only the bare bones of a personality, and appears in two differing incarnations, both as Georg's "childhood friend" , and the "son after my own heart" described by Bendemann senior. As such, he cannot be said to play an active role in the relationship between the father and son. He becomes instead a token, used by each to their own ends. Through the ways in which each character interprets the friend in Russia, and uses the image of this friend as a weapon, Kafka reveals the personalities of the protagonists, and exposes the relationship between them."

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