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 (Unpublished).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.

The story owes its literary violence, however, to an astonishing phrase that frames the entire story. He hangs around in the attic, on the stairway, in the hallways, in the entryway by turns. One is tempted to believe that this entity once had some purposive form and is now simply broken.

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But it is not, and this changes everything. 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. The uncertainty of both interpretations permits one to conclude that neither applies, lafka since neither leads to a meaning for the word.

Some say the word Odradek is of Slavonic origin, and try to account for it on that basis.

The Odradek – The Museum of Imaginary Beings

In any case, closer scrutiny is kwfka, since Odradek is extraordinarily nimble and can never be laid hold of. I will focus on “Die Sorge des Hausvaters” as a case study, though I will also touch on Die Odradej”Von den Gleichnissen” and the aphorisms. Jean-Claude Milner notes in ” Odradek, la bobine de scandale ” that “odradek” is also part of an anagram for the Greek word dodekaedron. Willumsen, Noah Reading Kafka: Can he even die? It’s clear he does nobody any harm; but the notion that he might even outlive me is almost painful to me.

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He does no harm to anyone that one can see; but the idea kqfka he is likely to survive me I find almost painful. 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.

Others think it comes from the German, only being influenced by the Slavonic. Exhausted memory, implicit memory, and the return of the repressed. He is the extreme image of liberty amidst the effort required by propriety; a perfection neglected but perfectly safe, since it is made of parts that nobody wants; a lumpenproletariat without hunger and without fear of the police.

According to this school of thought, what hurts is not being a family man, but being mortal. 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.

Email required Address never made public. The goal of this paper is to problematize allegorical readings of Kafka. In the fourth paragraph the narrator states that Odradek has a lingering presence in his home, often not seen but his presence is noticeable.

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. Yet this does not seem to be the case; at least there is no sign of it; karka 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.

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Will he therefore one day tumble down the stairs before the feet of my children and my children’s children, trailing a line of odradrk after him? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Worries of a Family Man

This creature and pdradek description can be read from different points of view, since the text deliberately obscures the nature of Odradek and its purpose. What separates the family man from life is not death, but present life turned into an irremediable body. Without endangering his hopes for general approval, the family man gives a comic description of Odradek, which he presents as some old thing whose use has been forgotten.

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Reading Kafka: Or, If You Find the Odradek, Kill It

It appears not unlike an exhausted spool for thread, wound about by “old, broken-off bits of thread, knotted and tangled together, of the most varied sorts and colors”. With this detail, the physical description of Odradek — the description of a thingamajig — changes meaning: To no avail, I ask myself what ldradek become of him.

The story deals with the narrators attempt to make sense of the only additional character, Odradek, and gives a detailed description of the creature in the second paragraph:. Steel cage wall clock, wire clock guard, steel angle ruler, various strings and cloth, glass, silicone.

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