The Subject Of Free Will As Shown In Kafka's "The Judgement", "A Report To The Academy", And "A Country Doctor"

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P.J. O'Rourke of Rolling Stone magazine once wrote, "One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver's license." Perhaps Franz Kafka, by not believing in free will, made his own bitter existance just slightly more bearable by not having to blame anyone but his unforgiving enemy that he found in God. Kafka's strong belief in determinism is shown clearly in his three short stories, "The Judgement", "A Report to the Academy", and "A Country Doctor".
In "The Judgement", Kafka creates a character that is more than likely based on himself, a character that feels weighted down and subordinate to his father. Georg both loves and resents his father, as shown in the diaglogue between the two characters, and although he has tried to change his resent into full love, his attempts are shot down by his father, a very God-like figure, time and time again. "I am still by far the stronger," the father says to Georg during their final argument. Kafka portrays the father in such a bitter light that the reader goes from feeling pity for the old man to resenting him in his power over Georg. In the end, Georg ulitmately kills himself under his father's orders, leaving the reader to wonder what type of father would put his own son to death. Kafka shows that the father is not, in fact, as helpless as he seemed to be in the beginning and shows the ugliness of unbridled power and anger, using it as allegory for his bitterness towards God and showing his belief in determinism.
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