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The TrialA single action event or artwork can be interpreted in many different ways A good example of this is the constitution Judges have spent many years trying to understand it Some explain it literally while others explain it according to the basic concept of the law This gives different people various understandings of the law The same thing holds true for The Trial by Franz Kafka There are many explanations of the novel with different proofs and examples for each interpretation Some people even believe that there is no hidden meaning in the book but that it was written to be a tragedy One interpretation of The Trial according to Solomon J Spiro in Twentieth Century Literature is that it is a psychological book which deals with guilt Afterall Kafka was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud the famous psychologist Freud called guilt the most important problem in the history of evolution Spiro Verdict - Guilty A Study of The Trial 170 Kafka who had formerly been a lawyer decided to deal with this issue in a setting with which he was familiar the court The court is perfect for this topic because a judge determines the guilt or innocence of a person According to this opinion the novel is about what happens in one s mind Kafka himself was obsessed with guilt as shown in his diaries He once wrote I am sinful in every nook and cranny of my being Spiro 172 The story begins at K s thirtieth birthday which is an extremely likely age for guilt to begin Also the court appointments are all on Sundays the day of the week when people s idleness causes them to contemplate their guilt There are three ways in which a person attempts to relieve himself of his guilt They are religion psycho-analysis and art Spiro 169-174 With religion man gets comfort but no solution for his guilt and ends up confused This is
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