In the Penal Colony by Kafka


“In the Penal Colony”: Themes

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Before analyzing the themes of “In the Penal Colony”, let’s take a look at brief overview of the story.

The story, “In the Penal Colony”, is a fantasy-allegory portraying the essential situation of faith within the modern world. The explorer, representing the humanitarian outlook of a secularist tradition, visits an earth that’s in a state of sin. The previous commandant created and arranged the penal colony and invented its Read More »“In the Penal Colony”: Themes


Kafka’s “In the Penal Colony” Analysis

A detailed analysis of “In the Penal Colony” including symbolism, style and story’s background.

Franz Kafka’s ‘In the Penal Colony’ is a shorty story of the writer that was created in 1914 and revealed to the general public in October 1919. The point of interest of the story corresponds to the ‘go to’ of the Explorer to the penal colony with a purpose to perceive their grotesque means of implementing punishments to the condemned. It is from right here that the Explorer uncovers the usage of an execution machine and the way it symbolizes the justice system within the place.Read More »Kafka’s “In the Penal Colony” Analysis