History Creator / FranzKafka

8th Mar '16 4:49:04 PM timotaka
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* UselessProtagonist - Many of his works have protagonists who either willingly or unwillingly have no active role in how the stories progress.
23rd Feb '16 9:45:52 AM narm00
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Not to be confused with Creator/FrankCapra, Music/FrankZappa, or [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]]. And most certainly not [[SayonaraZetsubouSensei Kafuka Fuura]].

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Not to be confused with Creator/FrankCapra, Music/FrankZappa, or [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]]. And most certainly not [[SayonaraZetsubouSensei [[Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei Kafuka Fuura]].



* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In-work in ''The Trial'' when the prison chaplain tells Josef the story [[https://records.viu.ca/~Johnstoi/kafka/beforethelaw.htm "Before the Law."]] Is the gatekeeper an ObstructiveBureaucrat who misled the man into keeping him out until he was too old to enter, or is he a [[WhatMeasureIsAMook tragic hero]] beholden to the Law while the man is free to enter, but chooses not to?[[invoked]]



* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In-work in ''The Trial'' when the prison chaplain tells Josef the story [[https://records.viu.ca/~Johnstoi/kafka/beforethelaw.htm "Before the Law."]] Is the gatekeeper an ObstructiveBureaucrat who misled the man into keeping him out until he was too old to enter, or is he a [[WhatMeasureIsAMook tragic hero]] beholden to the Law while the man is free to enter, but chooses not to?[[invoked]]



* AuthorExistenceFailure - None of his major works were finished. What's more, Kafka never intended to publish any of it and only wrote as a sort of personal therapy. He asked his good friend Max Brod to burn his works after his death, but when Brod refused to do this to his face, Kafka never bothered to find another person to care for the copies instead. Apparently he wasn't THAT bothered by the prospect of being outlived by his work.



** Similarly, OrsonWelles always considered his film adaptation of ''The Trial'' to be a black comedy, and considered it wildly funny himself.

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** Similarly, OrsonWelles Creator/OrsonWelles always considered his film adaptation of ''The Trial'' to be a black comedy, and considered it wildly funny himself.



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* The Samsa from ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', artifically-created giant shapeshifting cockroaches, are named for the main character of "Metamorphosis".
2nd Jan '16 2:09:37 AM aye_amber
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!!Appearences in popular culture:

* He appears in a historical/flashback episode of ''Series/NorthernExposure'', played by the series' star Rob Morrow. Yes, the show set entirely in Alaska.
* In ''Film/TheProducers'', while looking for the worst play ever written, Max reads the first line from ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis'', and rejects it as being too good.
* Creator/RobertCrumb made an analytical comic book/book about Kafka's life.
* The young Indiana Jones meets him in ''[[Series/YoungIndianaJones The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles]]''.
* Music/FrankZappa advises buyers of his album ''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney'' to read Kafka's "In The Penal Colony" before listening to the last track
* The "Director's Cut" episode of ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' features a plotline where teenage metalhead Duane attempts to persuade Brendon to film his [[RockOpera Rock Opera]] of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uaaF83eVig Kafka's ''Metamorphosis'']], which Brendon is unwilling to do, preferring to direct a film called ''Louis, Louis'' depicting a fictional encounter between Louis Pasteur and Louis Braille.
--> "A, rock opera, based on Franz Kafka's ''Metamorphosis''... I don't think so."
--> [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "HE! IS! FRANZ! KAF! KA! FRANZ-KAF-KA!"]]

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!!Appearences
!! Appearences
in popular culture:

* He appears in a historical/flashback historical / flashback episode of ''Series/NorthernExposure'', ''Series/NorthernExposure,'' played by the series' star Rob Morrow. Yes, the show set entirely in Alaska.
* In ''Film/TheProducers'', ''Film/TheProducers,'' while looking for the worst play ever written, Max reads the first line from ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis'', ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis,'' and rejects it as being too good.
* Creator/RobertCrumb made an analytical comic book/book book / book about Kafka's life.
* The young Indiana Jones meets him in ''[[Series/YoungIndianaJones The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles]]''.
''Series/YoungIndianaJones."
* Music/FrankZappa advises buyers of his album ''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney'' to read Kafka's "In The the Penal Colony" before listening to the last track
track.
* The "Director's Cut" episode of ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' features a plotline where teenage metalhead Duane attempts to persuade Brendon to film his [[RockOpera Rock Opera]] RockOpera of [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uaaF83eVig Kafka's ''Metamorphosis'']], ''Metamorphosis,'']] which Brendon is unwilling to do, preferring to direct a film called ''Louis, Louis'' depicting a fictional encounter between Louis Pasteur and Louis Braille.
--> "A, -->"A, rock opera, based on Franz Kafka's ''Metamorphosis''... I don't think so."
--> [[PunctuatedForEmphasis -->[[PunctuatedForEmphasis "HE! IS! FRANZ! KAF! KA! FRANZ-KAF-KA!"]]



* Kafka himself is the protagonist of Creator/StevenSoderbergh's 1991 film ''Kafka''.
* In ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', Johnny's cockroaches (although he believes them all to be one constantly regenerating cockroach) are named "Mr. Samsa", after the character from ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis''.
* The works of Kafka are a major influence on ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' and its sequel, ''Tokyo Ghoul:Re''. Near the beginning of the series, Kaneki compares his transformation into a HalfHumanHybrid to ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis''. It is also mentioned that oft-mentioned novelist Sen Takatsuki titled her first work ''Dear Kafka'', hinting that she was influenced by his work. In the sequel, Kafka's short story ''A Crossbreed'' is discussed briefly and seems to be a metaphor for the relationship between HalfHumanHybrid Sasaki and his ParentalSubstitute, Arima.
* The Scottish post-punk band Josef K were named after the main character of ''The Trial'', ''The Castle'' and ''A Dream''.
* Israeli skit show ''The Jews Are Coming'', satirising Jewish/Israeli history and lore, featured [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms8OlGw38A8 a skit]] in which the moribund Kafka asks Max Brod to burn all of his writings, but keeps asking him to spare more and more works, to the point he wants to keep the empty pizza box in his room. [[spoiler:Finally, Brod, who got so worked up about burning ''something'', randomly burns a piece of paper he finds... which turns out to be [[DeathByIrony Kafka’s medication prescription]] for his [[IncurableCoughOfDeath tuberculosis]]. [[CrossesTheLineTwice Kafka dies that day]].]]

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* Kafka himself is the protagonist of Creator/StevenSoderbergh's 1991 film ''Kafka''.
''Kafka.''
* In ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac,'' Johnny's cockroaches (although he believes them all to be one constantly regenerating cockroach) are named "Mr. Samsa", Samsa," after the character from ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis''.
''Literature/TheMetamorphosis.''
* The works of Kafka are a major influence on ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' and its sequel, ''Tokyo Ghoul:Re''. Ghoul:Re.'' Near the beginning of the series, Kaneki compares his transformation into a HalfHumanHybrid to ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis''. ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis.'' It is also mentioned that oft-mentioned novelist Sen Takatsuki titled her first work ''Dear Kafka'', Kafka,'' hinting that she was influenced by his work. In the sequel, Kafka's short story ''A Crossbreed'' is discussed briefly and seems to be a metaphor for the relationship between HalfHumanHybrid Sasaki and his ParentalSubstitute, Arima.
Arima.
* The Scottish post-punk band Josef K were named after the main character of ''The Trial'', Trial,'' ''The Castle'' Castle,'' and ''A Dream''.
Dream.''
* Israeli skit show ''The Jews Are Coming'', Coming,'' satirising Jewish/Israeli Jewish / Israeli history and lore, featured [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms8OlGw38A8 a skit]] in which the moribund Kafka asks Max Brod to burn all of his writings, but keeps asking him to spare more and more works, to the point he wants to keep the empty pizza box in his room. [[spoiler:Finally, [[spoiler: Finally, Brod, who got so worked up about burning ''something'', ''something,'' randomly burns a piece of paper he finds... which Which turns out to be [[DeathByIrony Kafka’s Kafka's medication prescription]] for his [[IncurableCoughOfDeath tuberculosis]]. [[CrossesTheLineTwice Kafka dies that day]].]]
28th Dec '15 9:39:48 AM aye_amber
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->''"Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins."''

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->''"Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive alive, needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but But with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins."''
4th Dec '15 9:49:46 AM LahmacunKebab
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--> "A, rock opera, based on Franz Kafka's ''Metamorphosis'' .....I don't think so."

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--> "A, rock opera, based on Franz Kafka's ''Metamorphosis'' .....''Metamorphosis''... I don't think so."
4th Dec '15 9:47:38 AM LahmacunKebab
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** His Fandom; however, managed to take this to a whole new level by [[http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8791.html publishing the various insurance claim reports Kafka wrote for his day job as a lawyer]] (particularly noteworthy works include "Fixed-Rate Insurance Premiums for Small Farms Using Machinery" and "Accident Prevention in Quarries") and interpreting them in this vein. Although knowing that Kafka used to work in law probably puts ''TheTrial'' into [[WriteWhatYouKnow a new light]].

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** His Fandom; Fandom, however, managed to take this to a whole new level by [[http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8791.html publishing the various insurance claim reports Kafka wrote for his day job as a lawyer]] (particularly noteworthy works include "Fixed-Rate Insurance Premiums for Small Farms Using Machinery" and "Accident Prevention in Quarries") and interpreting them in this vein. Although knowing that Kafka used to work in law probably puts ''TheTrial'' into [[WriteWhatYouKnow a new light]].
4th Dec '15 9:46:41 AM LahmacunKebab
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* {{Recut}}: In adapting ''The Trial'', [[http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Tr9DZP_ahcYJ:tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Creator/OrsonWelles+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk Orson Welles]] rearranged the order of Kafka’s chapters. In this version, the chapter line-up read 1, 4, 2, 5, 6, 3, 8, 7, 9, 10. However, the order of Kafka's chapters was arranged by his literary executor, Max Brod, after the writer's death, and this order is not definitive.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Trial_(1962_film)&oldid=639673797#Production Source]]

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* {{Recut}}: In adapting ''The Trial'', [[http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Tr9DZP_ahcYJ:tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Creator/OrsonWelles+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk Orson Welles]] rearranged the order of Kafka’s chapters. In this version, the chapter line-up read 1, 4, 2, 5, 6, 3, 8, 7, 9, 10. However, the order of Kafka's chapters was arranged by his literary executor, Max Brod, after the writer's death, and this order is not definitive. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Trial_(1962_film)&oldid=639673797#Production Source]]
4th Dec '15 9:23:32 AM LahmacunKebab
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* FishOutOfWater: Karl Rossman in America.



* FishOutOfWater: Karl Rossman in America.
4th Dec '15 9:15:01 AM LahmacunKebab
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** Karl Rossman, protagonist of ''Amerika'', unwillingly gets the family maid pregnant, gets sent off to America by his father without any practical skills he could make a decent living with, finds a long-lost uncle, only to be thrown out after he vistits an acquaintence against his uncle's will, gets a alright job as a lift boy, is dismissed due to the Head Porter who has it in for Karl because he does't greet the Porter politely and regularly, falls in with rogues (not the lovable kind), etc.

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** Karl Rossman, protagonist of ''Amerika'', unwillingly gets the family maid pregnant, gets sent off to America by his father without any practical skills he could make a decent living with, finds a long-lost uncle, only to be thrown out after he vistits visits an acquaintence acquaintance against his uncle's will, gets a alright job as a lift boy, is dismissed due to the Head Porter who has it in for Karl because he does't greet the Porter politely and regularly, falls in with rogues (not the lovable kind), etc.
12th Nov '15 4:52:16 PM nombretomado
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* RobertCrumb made an analytical comic book/book about Kafka's life.

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* RobertCrumb Creator/RobertCrumb made an analytical comic book/book about Kafka's life.
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