In the Penal Colony

by

Franz Kafka

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The Dockworkers Character Analysis

A group of poor, humble men who spend time at a teahouse in the penal colony. The dockworkers show the explorer the grave of the old Commandant and collect a few coins for their trouble. These men reinforce the state of the average person in the penal colony—listless and powerless.
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The Dockworkers Character Timeline in In the Penal Colony

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Before leaving the teahouse, the explorer distributes some coins to the dockworkers , a quiet, homely group of men who are just hanging out without any real... (full context)