Letter to my Father

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Lulu.com, Jul 4, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 104 pages
This letter is the closest that Kafka came to setting down his autobiography. He was driven to write it by his father's opposition to his engagement with Julie Wohryzek. The marriage did not take place; the letter was not delivered.

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This is a single long letter almost as long as the metamorphosis from Franz Kafka. Eventhough this is a personal letter, but it will help us to understand his masterpeice "metamorphosis." By reading this letter, the reader will know how cruel his father acted as a small dictator in the family. The Connection between Ottla, Kafka`s sister with her father, is similar scene with Grete, Mr.Samsa`s sister with his Father.
So, to know better the Metamorphosis, it is recommended to read this letter.
Firtsly this letter complaining about the childhood from Kafka to his father. He was full of fear. Later on Kafka defend his housmade, that often got bad words from his father. Finally, Kafka complained about the cancelled of his wedding with F (F: Felice Bauer, supposed).
There are many letters in Literature, like some novels from Flaubert, the letters are inside the novels. But Kafka wrote this letter with the effort of fighting by using the spirit soft confrontation. This is a realist style, but the essence is abstract one. Kafka fight with the interior feeling, not frontal revolution as a realist authors did.
The end of the letter said, life is more than only a play of patience.

About the author (2008)

Franz Kafka -- July 3, 1883 - June 3, 1924 Franz Kafka was born to middle-class Jewish parents in Prague, Czechoslovakia on July 3, 1883. He received a law degree at the University of Prague. After performing an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courts, he obtained a position in the workman's compensation division of the Austrian government. Always neurotic, insecure, and filled with a sense of inadequacy, his writing is a search for personal fulfillment and understanding. He wrote very slowly and deliberately, publishing very little in his lifetime. At his death he asked a close friend to burn his remaining manuscripts, but the friend refused the request. Instead the friend arranged for publication Kafka's longer stories, which have since brought him worldwide fame and have influenced many contemporary writers. His works include The Metamorphosis, The Castle, The Trial, and Amerika. Kafka was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in August 1917. As his disease progressed, his throat became affected by the TB and he could not eat regularly because it was painful. He died from starvation in a sanatorium in Kierling, near Vienna, after admitting himself for treatment there on April 10, 1924. He died on June 3 at the age of 40.

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