Self-Destructive Behavior as Depicted by Kafka
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This paper discusses Franz Kafka's characters in "The Metamorphosis" and "A Hunger Artist" who display self-destructive behavior. It goes on to explain the plot of both novels and characteristics that both male characters possess that contribute to their own demise.
From the Paper:"at he is "not obstinate, and I'm willing to work; traveling is a hard life, but I couldn't live without it" (750). While it is normal for people to feel dependent upon their jobs, they should never stay employed in conditions they consider deplorable. Gregor had skills that he could put to use for another corporation that might afford him lighter, more enjoyable duties but he never actively seeks to discover what is out there. In "A Hunger Artist," the artist is completely devoted to his profession, never giving in for any reason whatsoever. After forty days of struggling, when he is completely emaciated and exhausted, he would still starve himself because it was the "easiest thing in the world" (780) to do. For this reason, he continues with this profession. He never admits to being happy with his profession, only that it is something that he can do fairly well and he apparently enjoys the attention it brings him."
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- Kafka, Franz. "A Hunger Artist." The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. R. V. Cassill, ed. New York: W. W. Norton and Company. 1981. pp. 779-86.
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