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 (Unpublished).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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One is tempted to believe that the creature once had some sort of intelligible shape and is now only a broken-down remnant. The ULS Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing fosters and supports new modes of publishing and information-sharing among researchers. They argue over it, but do not know what it means. No one, of course, would occupy himself with such studies if there were not a creature called Odradek. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Suddenly, a detail which is not a detail: Odradek could be a way of naming something that is meaningless, a kind of semantic paradox.
He lurks by turns in the garret, the stairway, the lobbies, the entrance hall. The narrator fears that this purposeless object will outlive him.
Worries of a Family Man
Views Read Edit View history. This indicates that Odradek has no identifiable meaning, and therefore no apparent origin. Some say the word Odradek is of Slavonic origin, and try to account for it on that basis. 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 kafla senseless enough, but in odradekk own way perfectly finished.
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Inthe story odradekk in Ein Landarzt. Their end is external, their particular forms inessential. 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. Odradek, therefore, is the precise and logical construction of the negation of bourgeois life. A religious perspective opens up another interpretation of the text.
I ask myself, to no purpose, what is likely to happen to him? Retrieved from ” https: Others again believe it kaf,a be of German odtadek, only influenced by Slavonic. Of course, you put no difficult questions to him, you treat him – he is so diminutive that you cannot help it – rather like a child.
The Cares of a Family Man
That is why Odradek is something a family man has to care for. The Complete Stories [New York: Notify me of new posts via email. 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.
He hangs around in the attic, on the stairway, in the hallways, in the entryway by turns. Respectable in every regard, the family man is the unacknowledged partisan of destruction. The idea odradel Odradek will survive the narrator and the anguish this situation causes to him can also be interpreted as the idea of commodities being inherited and transcend the worker who made them, but in such a way that the worker himself would be completely ignored.
Odrade fact is mentioned as though it were one more piece of thread on the spool. Meksin points out that this first paragraph is both a joke played on future scholarly efforts at understanding the story, and a clue to the meaning of the word.
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. Can he possibly die?
Sometimes, if one steps out the door and he is leaning against the stair-rail just below, one feels inclined to speak to him. But it is not only a spool, since a small crossbar emerges from the middle of the star and another bar joins the first at a right angle. This is how we are to understand the mixture of disdain and envy that Odradek awakes, and therefore the defamatory strategy of the narrator. Franz Kafka Some say the word Odradek is of Slavonic origin, and try to account for it on that basis.
Because it is unintelligible without reference to our own body, the sentence does not allow us the distanced reading that the narrator invites. He evidently harms nobody; but the idea that he is furthermore to outlive me I find almost painful.
With the aid of this second bar on one side, and one of the points of the star on the other side, the whole thing can stand upright as though on two legs.
And that is usually the end of the conversation. Willumsen, Noah Reading Kafka: If, odradel a capitalist society, production for the market permeates the social order as a whole, then concrete forms of activity cease to have their justifications in themselves.
Using Kafka’s aphorisms, I will argue that an interpretation of his works must deal only with their sensus literalis. One is tempted to believe that the creature once had some sort of intelligible shape and is now only a brokendown remnant.