Similarities And Differences In Kafka's "The Trial" And "The Metamorphosis"

Two of Kafkas' most predominate works, The Trial and The
Metamorphosis, are very similar in many aspects, yet also have unique
differences. Many of these similarities and differences are very obvious,
but also there are subtle comparisons that the reader might not pick up
while reading. One would think, after reading both stories, that the
differences outweigh the similarities, but that is not entirely true. Not
only should the reader view the style of the writing when comparing the two,
but also the setting and plot of the two stories. Both stories relate to
loneliness, frustration and individuals threatened by anonymous forces
beyond comprehension or control.
Although the struggle ...

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myself have no standing whatever in this affair
of yours, indeed we know hardly anything about it. We might wear the most
official uniforms and your case would not be a penny worse. I can't even
confirm that you are charged with an offense, or rather, I don't know
whether you are." (p 12)

As you can see, K has no luck getting information regarding his case. In
fact, from the time he was first put under arrest to when he was killed, he
never encountered the anonymous force that issued the arrest. The same is
true for The Metamorphosis. Gregor never finds out exactly what turned him
in to an insect, and why. This is the dominate issue in both stories, and a
prime example of similarity in Kafkas' stories.
Another similarity in the two stories is how Kafka used surrealism.
Surrealism in The Metamorphosis is obvious, as Gregor's sudden change into
a bug is quite surreal by itself. In The Trial, there are many subtle
examples. Perhaps the best example is the scene with the whipper. As ...

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