The Trial
Franz Kafka
Contributed by Sung Miele
Themes are described as ideas that dominate a particular piece of literature. In almost all cases, pieces of literature will be centered a theme or a number of them.

The trial is a crisis in the life of the chief clerk, Joseph K. The unrest within him impels him to seek justice. Symbolically this is a divine challenge to man. The officials’ routine order of everyday life has been disrupted by the chaotic world of the law courts. The trial makes K. realize his feelings. His failings cannot be judged in a public trial. The spiritual urges within him act as the judge. His "bad conscience" drives him to court seeking justice. There is no specific crime or point of failure. 

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