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Franz Kafka Franz Kafka did not exactly live a kings life His life was full of frustration and confusion That is probably the main reason for his twisted stories He began life in Prague on July 3 1883 He was the oldest of six children Kafka had three surviving sisters Valli Elli and Ottla as well as two brothers Heinrich and George who died in infancy He was 6 feet tall weighed between 140 and 100 lbs fluctuated due to illness had gray-blue eyes and had black hair Kafka 1 He lived with his mother Julie and father Hermann although he was raised by governesses which was normal among the middle and upper classes Hermann Kafka was a self made middle class Jewish merchant who raised his children in the hopes of assimilating them into the mainstream society of the Austro - Hungarian empire Biography of Franz Kafka 1 Hermann Kafka the son of a butcher was a strong energetic and domineering man who established a successful wholesale haberdashery warehouse in Prague Biography 1 His relationship with his father left something to be desired That something was love Hermann Kafka was disappointed in his son he was always hoping his son would come out better and stronger than he did This was one of the main sources for Franzs frustration and confusion Franz was surprisingly well learned He attended German grammar school and then the German Gymnasium Kafka then finished his Doctorate of Law in Prague at Charles Ferdinand University He started off studying chemistry then switched to law two weeks later He tried German Literature the next semester then went back to law which he said he picked so it wouldnt interfere with his mental life Kafka 2 Yet he still seemed unsatisfied with his school system Education or German Literature - may it roast in hell he once said in a letter in 1902 Kafka 1 He did well in
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