Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Friday, December 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
"When Galater sent us to you-" "Galater?" asked K. "Yes, Galater," said Jeremias, "he was Klamm's substitute at the time. When he sent us to you, he said - I remember since that's what we're referring to-'You're being sent there as assisstants of the surveyor.' We said: 'But we don't know anything about that kind of work.' At that he said: 'That isn't so important; if it becomes necessary he will teach you. But it's important that you cheer him up a bit. From what I hear, he takes everything very seriously. He has come to the village and right away thinks this is some great event but in reality it's nothing at all. You should teach him that.'"
It's here, towards the end of the novel, that the true purpose of the assistants is spelled out for K. They've been sent as clowns to mock K.'s quest. Of course, Galater's reading is spot on - securing a position at the Castle is everything to K., and, as such, he comes to regard the assistants as malevolent jesters. No one seems to understand K.'s frustration with the assistants, not the Mayor, not Frieda, because like Galater, they see his goal as "...nothing at all." And now K. has discovered that the very institution that holds all the keys to his success is only interested in mocking him and his ambitions.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
"Who are you?" he asked, glancing from one to the other. "Your assistants," they answered. "Those are the assistants," said the landlord softly in confirmation. "What?" asked K., "you are the old assistants whom I told to join me and am expecting?" They said yes. "It's a good thing," asked K., after a little while, it's a good thing that you've come."
K.'s acceptance of the "new" assistants in the first chapter is one of the early signposts that tell us that The Castle is going to be a novel that plays by its own logic. K.'s reasons for accepting Arthur and Jeremiah are enigmatic to say the least. Do K's "old" assistants even exist? Since a second set of assistants never surface during the course of the novel, it's tempting to say no. It's possible that this incident is part of The Castle's dream logic. Often in dreams, we presented with new realities which we accept with ease. In this case, perhaps K., the protagonist who dreams the novel, is merely accepting the new reality presented to him. Part of him knows that it's a charade, but he's compelled to play along.