Franz Kafka.

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I have chosen to write this essay on Franz Kafka, one of the best writers of the twentieth century. Kafka executed his works with precise creativity and foreboding charm. In this paper, I will examine Kafka's background, The Trial which is the book I read for the purpose of writing this essay, and past reading assignments pertaining to Kafka.

Kafka was born in Prague, July 3, 1883. His father 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. The offical ruling language of the empire was German, so Franz attended German grammar school and later the German Gymnasium. He finished his Doctorate of Law in Prague, studying at the German Language University. He initially gained employment at a private insurance firm. His job here provided him with a steady income and regular hours so that he could dedicate his evenings to writing.

His diaries contain continuing accounts of his restlessness and dissatisfaction with his job. This is reminiscent of Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis.

Kafka was known to have begun writing at an early age, but all of his earliest attempts were later destroyed. His first published work came in 1907, and

he continued to publish throughout the next seventeen years. Most of his works were published posthumously by his friend Max Brod.

Franz Kafka is recognized as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. His works are cloudy and mysterious. His stories are dark and edgy, filled with amazing settings and almost unreal characters. All of this is true for his book titled The Trial. It is about Joseph K., an average man who awakens to find that he is accused of a crime that he did not commit.