2023 Abstracts Stage 3

Alienation and Identity within Kafka’s Works: A Psychological and Metaphysical Exploration of the Human Condition.

Matthew Rose, 2023, Stage 3

This essay explores the themes of alienation and identity within Kafka’s collected works. The study examines the suffering of his characters psychologically through R. D. Laing and Debord and metaphysically through Schopenhauer and Buddhism. The essay focuses on texts such as “Metamorphosis”, “The Castle” and shorter works such as “A Country Doctor” and “The Judgement”. Overall, it intends to use literary and philosophical analysis to interpret Kafka’s understanding of the human condition.

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