Franz Kafka & His Relationship with His Father Revealed in His Writing

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Franz Kafka:
How his relationship with his father was revealed in
“A Letter to My Father”, “The Judgment”,
& “The Metamorphosis”

Franz Kafka is an icon of dark existentialist and absurdist literature that frequently wrote about themes of isolation, alienation, and authoritarian oppression. His well-known work includes the short stories "The Metamorphosis", and “ The Judgment.” as well as his prominent "Letter to His Father", in which he attempted to clarify the tense relationship and his emotional oddness. Franz Kafka was born in Prague on July 3rd, 1883. Prague was a perplexed city, a great deal like Kafka himself. With several languages and ethnic groups struggling for a position in Prague, it was apparent in the late 19th
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Hermann always viewed Franz as a failure and disapproved of his writing. Before the metamorphosis of Gregor, he used to work and support the entire family. However, after the metamorphosis, he was completely unnoticed and was never given any significance. He was left alone in a room for dead. His family never acknowledged his efforts in supporting the family, and never considered what he may want or need. This may be an account of the mishaps in Kafka’s life. Even the end of the story is not just the usual end as may be predictable. In “The Metamorphosis”, Kafka reflects upon many of the negative phases of his personal life through Gregor, both emotionally and physically. It is quite apparent in more ways than one that he was writing a twisted story of his life. The emotional and physical abuse Gregor goes through are similar to what Kafka went through in real life. They were both abused and neglected by their fathers when they were disappointed with them. Kafka uses Gregor transforming into a bug as a way of amplifying himself, trying to express his feelings and point of view. When writing, Kafka felt as if he was trapped in his room, which he referred to as "the noise headquarters of the apartment". Gregor was an example of this because he could not leave the house to escape the noises and abuse.
“The Judgment,” starts with a young man, Georg, writes a letter to tell

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