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Kafka: Gender, Class, and Race in the Letters and Fictions$
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Elizabeth Boa

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198158196

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158196.001.0001

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Feminist Approaches to The Castle

Feminist Approaches to The Castle

(p.243) 8 Feminist Approaches to The Castle
Kafka: Gender, Class, and Race in the Letters and Fictions

Elizabeth Boa

Oxford University Press

Each story in Kafka's work is laced with metaphors and is a critique of flaws in society. The Castle, in particular, is a metaphor for male power, as evident in the lack of women in the castle. This is in contrast to the village, half of which is women. In a patriarchal society, Kafka notes how women nonetheless have a strong grasp on the affairs of men. Indeed, whilst the Castle is a male-governing authority, it is there to placate a society dominated by women. The implication is hard to ascertain and is as surreal as Kafka's prose, yet it is evident that society is and was growing at a fast pace; faster than its people and even more so for his kind: the writers. In his world, society is the setting for a tragedy, confounded by engines that twist and wheel towards an uncertain future; apathetic towards the people who are thrown into the very eye of chaos.

Keywords:   The Castle, feminism, existentialism, society, transcendence

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