The Trial


Franz Kafka

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Titorelli’s Painting of the Judge

When Josef visits Titorelli, the painter shows him a portrait of a judge that was commissioned by the courts. On the judge’s throne, Titorelli has drawn a winged icon that is meant to depict… read analysis of Titorelli’s Painting of the Judge

The Court’s Oppressive Air

When Josef is in or near the court, he frequently finds himself stifled by a hot, poorly-ventilated atmosphere. In fact, on his first visit to the legal offices, the air weakens him so much that… read analysis of The Court’s Oppressive Air

The Prison Chaplain’s Parable

In the cathedral, the prison chaplain tells Josef a parable taken from the opening pages of the Law. In the parable, a man from the country tries to gain access to the law, but is… read analysis of The Prison Chaplain’s Parable