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Lightness in Kafka How does Kafka lighten each of these stories How is reality dealt with What animates these stories pushes them forward provides conflict and finally resolution How does the title impact our reading of the story In Unhappiness what does one make of the girlghost In defining how Kafka treats reality in his story Unhappiness it is important to remember the complementary relationship that exists between lightness and weight one cannot exist with out the other Therefore realitywhich is usually considered a very weighty conceptmust be accompanied by some lightness and described with some abstractions Without abstraction and general lightness a story can easily become unreadable To study how each element of the pair is presented in a story is the most truthful path leading to a description of the authorsnarrators way of dealing with reality As a title and as a frequently used word Unhappinessone of the heavier weights under the umbrella of realityis widely recognized as something purely negative that might set the tone for a similar kind of story to follow Unhappiness is a very real word that drags along some very weighted equities sorrow misery pain loss desolation depression loneliness fear and general melancholy However in order to become palatable the reality of the emotionconcept of unhappiness must also be described with lightness The first image of the story after the title is a painful one When it was becoming unbearable immediately dragging the story down However this allusion to a depressing part of the narrators reality is immediately followed by a much lighter image the narrator ran along the narrow strip of carpet in his room as on a racetrack provides a childish presentation of the same melancholy narrator This abstraction of the narrators situation lessens the severity of his finding things in life to be unbearable Similar to taking a mathematical average or finding the resultant of two forces the final effect
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