A Hunger Artist


Franz Kafka

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The Cage

There isn’t a single instance of the hunger artist leaving his cage in the story. Both symbolically and literally, the cage serves to completely separate the hunger artist from the rest of society, allowing him…

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The Panther

There could hardly be a more contrasting creature to the hunger artist than the panther. The hunger artist is emaciated, weak, and denying himself bodily concerns, while the panther represents the force of nature’s vitality…

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