Monday, March 14, 2011
Although we already discussed Kafka's background today in class, I decided to further explore the complexity of the anguished author. Firstly, I will share what I learned about his political views. We discussed today that Kafka was against bureaucracy, but we didn't mention that he was a socialist. Kafka was drawn toward socialism in his youth and wore a red carnation to school to openly demonstrate his support of the party. This is also evident through a diary entry written during his adolescene in which he commented upon how the anarchist philospher, Peter Kropotkin, influenced him. Kafka even attended meetings of a Czech anarchist organization that opposed both military and religion, known as Klub Myladych. In terms of his personal life, Kafka had a few romantic relationships. Between 1912 and 1917 he corresponded with a woman from Berlin, named Felice Bauer, and proposed twice before the engagement was broken in 1917. Subsequently, he was involved in a brief affair with the Czech journalist Milena Jesenska in 1920. His most serious relationship was with Dora Diament, a young Orthodox Jewish woman. Aside from what we already mentioned in class today, in which ways do you all think Kafka's personal life influenced "The Metamorphosis"?