Kafkas Hunger Artist Essay Research Paper I

Kafka`s Hunger Artist Essay, Research Paper

I will try to demonstrate what the public?s reaction was to the angel in ?

The very old man with Enormous wings ? and Kafka?s ? Hunger Artist ?

from what the authors wrote in the stories and the characters point of view. I

will also try illustrate how the public has more of a meaning in both stories.

In ? A very old man with Enormous Wings ? the public goes to see the old man

because they wanted to see what he was. The owner?s of the house where the old

man was at, thought that he was a lonely castaway from some foreign ship wrecked

by the storm. They thought this because they spoke to him and he answered in a

incomprehensible dialect with a strong sailor?s voice. The public tossed him

things to eat as if he weren?t a supernatural creature but a circus animal.

When Father Gonzaga went to see the old man there was less frivolous onlookers

than those who had arrived earlier. The simplest among them thought that he

should be named mayor of the world. Others of sterner mind felt that he should

be promoted to the rank of five-star general in order to win all wars. There

were other people that hoped he would be put to reproduce, so there would be a

race of winged wise man who could take charge of the universe. Father Gonzaga

suspected that he was an impostor because he did not understand the language of

God and did not know how to greet his minister. He did not think that the old

man was an angel, he instead felt that it could of been a trick of the devil.

Curious people came from far away because they thought that he could cure them

and change their misfortunes. During all this time, the old man was the only one

who did not take part in his own act. During those days a carnival attraction

arrived with a woman who had been changed to a spider. The old man?s

reputation was already ruined by this time. After this people stopped going to

see the old man. Months had past when the old man got new wings and just flew

away. I think that the angel in ? The very old man with Enormous wings ?

might have actually stayed. He left because no one treated him right. They did

not believe in him just because he did not give them what they wanted, so they

did not have faith in him. The public could of just believe in him and treated

him well maybe he would have gotten well and then he would have gaven them what

they wanted. In the ?hunger Artist ?, the artist wanted the public to

appreciate his fasting abilities by watching him and giving him fame. We know

this by the following passage; ? Why stop fasting… ?, … why should he be

cheated of the fame he would get for lasting longer. ? Professional fasting

had diminished remarkably the last decade. For elders he was often a joke, while

for children he was a special treat. There were different kinds of watchers that

watched the artist. There were groups of watchers who would huddle to together

in a corner to play cards. They intended to give the artist Some space, because

they thought he would appreciate to be alone. He did not, instead it made him

miserable and made his fast seem unendurable. Then there are the watchers more

to his taste. The watchers that would sit close up to the bars because they were

not content with the dim night lighting on the hall. The artist would not sleep,

he was happy at spending sleepless nights with such watchers. People began to

get uninterested in watching the ? Hunger Artist ? because no one could

produce evidence that the fast had really been continuos; only the artist knew

that, therefore he was his only satisfied spectator of his own fast. Years past

and still no one took his trouble seriously. People felt that his depression was

do to the fasting. They also felt that fasting made him react with an outburst

of fury; he would shake the bars of his cage like a wild animal. More years

past, suddenly the hunger artist found himself deserted by the amusement seekers

and by this he died. In the ? Hunger Artist ? the public could not have just

been content in knowing that he was fasting. They saw how skinny he was and they

still thought that he could have had been eating on the side. This shows the

lack of trust people have in other people. The two stories should be compared

because of their similarities in the way the public treats the main characters.

The public was just interested in the ? Hunger Artist ? because he was an

entertainment for them. They watched him for a couple of years, but it then got

to a point when people started saying, ? that they would not watch him anymore

because they were not with him all day, so how could they be sure that he was

not eating anything on the side. ? The public in ? The very old man with

Enormous wings ? were interested in the old man because they thought he was an

angel. They stopped being interested in him when they saw that he could not do

miracles for them. With this we can see that the public in both stories were

only enticed by the two characters as long as they thought that they were

getting something from them. The public tried to use the characters for their

own benefits. I think that the two writers are focusing on how the public reacts

to the characters in ? The very old man with Enormous wings ? and the ?

Hunger Artist ? because they are trying to show how the world has changed when

it comes to having faith in other people or in a religious matter.


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