Willumsen, Noah () Reading Kafka: Or, If You Find the Odradek, Kill It. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished). Some say the word odradek comes from the Slavonic and look for the word’s derivation If Kafka had been a revolutionary, he would have made suppositories. “The Cares of a Family Man” by Franz Kafka is all about Odradek (a pool of thread), an inanimate object that has taken on a personality of its.

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Their end is external, their particular forms inessential.

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According to Goetschel, from a Freudian approach Odradek can be seen as “the psychological return of the repressed “. Our task as readers is not to reduce these deeply ambiguous flights of language to representation but to engage creatively those very becomings that reading Kafka entails. A religious perspective opens up another interpretation of the text. Short stories by Franz Kafka. Now, Odradek has no purpose i. For Kafka, the key to the world is made of tin, and can be found on the outskirts of towns.

Notify odradfk of new comments jafka email. It’s kadka he does nobody any harm; but the notion that he might even outlive me is almost painful to me.

Wilhelm Emrich was first among them. It sounds rather like the rustling of fallen leaves.

An Encyclopedia of Franz Kafka. The Warden of the Tomb. Why describe a living being as inert?

The Cares of a Family Man

Email required Address never made public. The family man, throughout the story, fears that Odradek will attack his role as the family man, the patriarchal figure in society.


Notify me of new posts via email. He is the extreme image of liberty amidst the effort required by propriety; a perfection neglected but perfectly safe, since it is made of parts that nobody wants; a lumpenproletariat without hunger and without fear of the police. Retrieved from ” https: He hangs around in the attic, on the stairway, in the hallways, in the entryway by turns. This page was last edited on 9 Augustat Many a time when you go out of the door and he happens just to be leaning directly beneath you against the banisters you feel inclined to speak to him.

Yet this does not oafka to be the case; at least there is no sign of it; nowhere is there an unfinished or unbroken surface to suggest anything of the kind; the whole thing looks senseless enough, but in its own way perfectly finished. From the perspective of Marxist literary criticism the story might be a critique of Capitalism in odraxek last stage. According odrdek Meksin, Odradek represents a rupture between the world of the family man and some other transcendent realm.

He does no harm to anyone that one can see; but the idea that he is likely to survive me I find almost painful. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Some readers have been more careful, building their allegories based on the coherence of the text instead of its correspondence to an external system of ideas: Despite appearances, this is not the case.

Reading Kafka: Or, If You Find the Odradek, Kill It

While Rammelmeier argues against clean-cut metaphorical interpretations of the story, he acknowledges that Odradek possesses some supernatural qualities, such as disappearance and reappearance. You are commenting using your WordPress. While my analysis is indebted to Deleuze and Guattari, I will move beyond their interpretation of the animal stories as failed escapes and show how Gregor Samsa’s metamorphosis and Odradek’s ontological evolutions point the way to a new kind of experiential and textual truth.


Some say the word Odradek is of Slavonic origin, and try to account for it on that basis. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Recovered Memories and False Memories. Suddenly, a detail which is not a detail: This site uses cookies. The story deals with the narrators attempt to make sense of the only additional character, Odradek, and gives a detailed description of the creature in the second paragraph:. Franz Kafka Some say the word Odradek is of Slavonic origin, and try to account for it on that basis.

A being in the form of a spool that is not a spool is profoundly ridiculous, all the more so if it is covered in tangled thread. The uncertainty of both interpretations allows one to assume with justice that neither is accurate, especially as neither of them provides an intelligent meaning of the word.

It has greater weight, since it is written with the body. However, the text makes it explicit that there is no apparent use for the object. To no avail, I ask myself what will become of him. Incidentally, even these answers are not always forthcoming; often he is silent for long periods, as wooden as he looks.

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