05 April, 00
Despite the intentional ambiguity in his work, Franz Kafka’s stories do contain a few common thematic threads. Kafka’s search for truth, be it about relationships, justice, religion, or human nature is the one interpretation that most critics agree upon.
Wilhelm Emrich, a highly acclaimed professor in Berlin, states that Kafka’s writings can only be interpreted by accepting the full truth: “An assistive and willing readiness for the full truth means the ability to renounce all personal, limited ideas, wishes, and efforts of will and to enter into the fullness of all of that-which-is” (50). What he is suggesting is that in order to truly hear what Kafka has to say, one is required to completely disregard the conventional.
For example, if one were to read “The Metamorphosis,” and merely regurgitate the surface details of the story, they would entirely miss the truth behind it. On the level ...