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Kafkas Punishment Some of the most common themes in Joseph Kafkas literature deal with justice and punishment In the Penal Colony is a narrative which takes a critical look at totalitarian punishment and its faults As the title suggests it is set in a penal colony on a small island where discipline and punishment are all-important The story is told from the perspective of an explorer who much like the reader is an outsider of the penal colony Western educated and liberal He has come to evaluate the effectiveness of this machine a device of punishment torture and execution Of course the explorer is totally biased against the whole thing from the start A great deal of the narrative is the officer describing to the explorer in detail the specific functions of the machine A system of needles slowly inscribes the punishment which is as simple as a single phrase honor thy superiors on the body of the condemned man The needles carve deeper and deeper until finally after 12 hours the victim is impaled through the head killing him instantly What made the torture so effective was how the people could watch the transformation take place on the victims face as he realized the message that was being cut into his body The officer reminisces How we all drank in the transfigured look on the tortured face how we bathed our cheeks in the glow of this justice finally achieved and soon fading This enlightenment the realization and utter acceptance of ultimate justice was what the machines purpose was to extract from the guilty man It was made into a spectacle for all the people in the penal colony to see so that nobody else would ever dare question the law again The narrative raises a great number of issues about the significance of punishment The concern does not seem to be so much with the crime itself or the difference between right
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