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Reaction on the Hunger Assist Essay

  • Submitted by: echosm
  • on October 29, 2013
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 392 words

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Kafka is one of the famous writers in the world. Indeed, we must thank to his friend because on his deathbed Kafka wanted his friend to burn all the books (novels, stories) he wrote although there were some books which Kafka really liked. However, his friend didn’t do what Kafka had wanted him to do. “The Hunger Artist” was one of Kafka’s stories that Kafka liked as a story of his own. That is why “The Hunger Artist” is an important in my opinion.

When I finished reading the story, I thought about why Kafka chose a hunger artist to write about. Given that nourishment is one of the things that people need to survive and if you stay hungry so long, you are going to die. To die of starvation doesn’t look good – even dying is frightening to most people. I think the hunger artist was bored of living with people who don’t understand him.   People had to eat to survive. To set a difference between him and the rest, he made a decision to stay hungry.   He thought that he only had to get spiritual nourishment and he got this nourishment by staying in the cage and letting people view him. He was thinking there were no limits to his capacity to fast.   However, he had a limit which was 40 days. After 40 days, people started to lose their interest in the hunger artist. In my opinion, the real hunger for him was that people were reckless to him. People’s ideas that he was cheating were getting bigger as he stayed in the cage. These ideas cut the source of his spiritual nourishment and the hunger artist made a last show. In this show, he stayed hungry for more than 40 days, people were reckless to him and his real hunger began.

I think his last words to the supervisor were important: “Because I couldn’t find any food which tasted good to me. If had found that, believe me, I would not have made a spectacle of myself and would have eaten my heart’s content, like you and everyone else.” It seems to me that the hunger artist knew which food was going to taste good to him but the...

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