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 (Unpublished).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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Because he is the image of the absence of worries, Odradek worries the family man.

If Kafka had been a revolutionary, he would have made suppositories instead of bombs. I ask myself, kagka no purpose, what is likely to happen to him? Goetschel indicates that the star-shaped form of the creature might represent tradition specifically Jewish traditionwhich is passed on from generation to generation and accumulates some more bits of “thread” in each generation.

But we have already seen that immortality would not make sense to him. The procedure is always the same: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It sounds rather like the rustling of fallen leaves.

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What separates the family man from life is not death, but present life turned into an irremediable kafkz. Short stories by Franz Kafka. Why describe a living being as inert? It sounds something like the rustling of fallen leaves. Odradek, as a construction, is the impossible of the bourgeois order.


Others again believe it to be of German origin, only influenced by Slavonic. The Warden of the Tomb.

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Retrieved from ” https: 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.

The family man, throughout the story, fears that Odradek will attack his role as the family man, the patriarchal figure in society. He lurks by turns in the garret, the stairway, the lobbies, the entrance hall. Using Kafka’s aphorisms, I will argue that an interpretation of his works must deal only odradekk their sensus literalis. Yet this does not seem 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.

Their end is external, their particular forms inessential. It looks at first like a flat starshaped spool, and in fact it does appear to be wound with thread; which, odgadek be sure, is really kafkz ragged, old, knotted together or simply tangled pieces of string of mixed color and description.

The smile before the useless odrade, obsolete thing is one of superiority.

The Cares of a Family Man

It appears that there has been a displacement of the problem: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: From the perspective of Marxist literary criticism the story might be a critique of Capitalism in its last stage. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Anything that dies has kzfka some kind of aim in life, some odradej of activity, which has worn out; but that does not apply to Odradek. But it is not only a spool, for a small wooden crossbar sticks out of the middle of the star, and another small rod is joined to that at a right angle. Kafka’s texts serve as markers of ecstatic transformation that Kafka sought in the possibilities of writing.

According to Goetschel, from a Freudian approach Odradek can be seen as “the psychological return of the repressed “. It’s clear he does nobody any harm; but the notion that he might even outlive me is almost painful to me. Am I to suppose, then, that he will always be rolling down the stairs, with ends of thread trailing after him, right before the feet of my children, and my children’s children?

Ever since the first publication of his works, commentators have constructed escapes from his difficult texts into external systems of thought, starting with Max Brod’s negative theology and continuing today with unreflective applications of poststructuralist theory. 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.

Anything that dies has had some kind of aim in life, some kind of activity, which has worn out; but that does not apply to Odradek.