The trial ismainly based on K who is arrested and later summoned for courtproceeding to hear his case. The case in K’s view makes no senseand he finds it time wasting. His character is well brought outduring the trial while examining witnesses. The whole makes no senseto k since he is not been detained and is allowed to continue withhis life as usual. In Charlie chaplains the tramp we find amisunderstood young man who has gone through his life looking for theelusive romance and always end up in disarray. In the tramps lifenothing seems to work out even as he endeavors to give up on hisdreams and ambitions. Unlike the tramps character that is stillstruggling K’s character is more accomplished, successful andambitious. This essay will make a contrast of the two characters interms of how they lived their lives. Comparison of charactertraits
K is labeled asan outlaw though in the book, he is a chief financial officer at abank. In analyzing this term outlaw in terms of the book, Frank Kafkasimply uses this character to dehumanize laws in terms of our socialbeing. Perhaps in the case of Josef K is biggest crime was his natureand the perception that nature had in fact harmed anyone. Though thebook does not clearly state the reasons behind his arrest it makesthe trial more understanding on society outlook on certain vices. Thetramp movie relates to the changes accrued to the changing technologyin the 1916 when machines were now used preferably to replace thehuman work effort. As it starts on (MN 3.00) tramp is working in thefactory comically conversing with the other workers. Kis arrogant and does not listen to anyone as he feels that the restof the people are quite mediocre. The character of K can be comparedto human behavior towards others the arrogance in him has led him tobecome a loner. In the court room everyone is judging him for a crimehe clearly does not understand. The trial portrays our modern liveswhere we are always judged upon our actions either good or bad. Inthe book K goes to his uncle for help but is subjected to morejudgment and he leaves without been helped (KAF 20). The littletramp is used throughout Charlie Chaplin movies to portray differentpersonalities and challenges faced in people’s lives. His mainchallenge is that he is different from all the other others incomparing him with K they are not that different. The only contractbetween these two protagonists is they portray real life situationsin terms of their character. The tramp uses his witty character toget in and out of trouble. in modern times tramp is portrayed as anindustrial worker in a time when industrial revolution was underway.Many industries were now introducing technology in the differentindustries in Europe. The novel can be interpreted to be K’sstruggle, in a perception that all human beings have a basicintuition. He is portrayed as the human intuition and its conflictwith the law which cannot be escaped easily as in K’s life. Incontrast, the tramp is a loner in most of the scenes he finds himselffighting in the world. In chaplains films employment was crucial andhe used the tramp to portray the different struggles that workersface. Even though times have changed in this time unemployment is amajor struggle today. The number of homeless people has drasticallyincreased in the past few years due to the economic downturn. Thedifferent problems tramp faces are the same in the modern world (MT35.00). Josef K was not self conscious of his actions he didnot in any way understand the aspects of the changing world aroundhim. The trial acts as a wakeup call to his conscious from thedifferent witnesses who portray their disapproval of the manner inwhich he carries himself. in modern time his predicament may bewitnessed by world leaders who in any case are not conscious ofhappenings around them. Leaders in corporate and presidents have lostvision and become selfish in their leadership. This has led tomassive corruption and embezzlement of funds in the manyinstitutions. The tramp in modernist times represents the lower classpeople who have little or no access to the certain services includingthe basic food and shelter. The two products of literature conveymessages from different perspectives. Many literal analysts haveinterpreted Frank Kafka to have been referring to the law of life andhuman intuition. In the trial Josef K describes himself as innocentas a dog as he finds no fault in how he lives his life. Religiouslythis can be interpreted in terms of how in the end times human beingswill be judged because of their actions in their life. K’scharacter tries to use logic and sense in order to prove hisinnocence but the law cannot be escaped. He feels paralyzed and actsout in frustration to the fact that this case is pure non sense. Hiscalm nature is highly exploited by the witnesses in the trialtainting his image as a careless person who disregards othersopinions (KAF 90). Contrast in their lives from boththis characters is stability, as for the tramp he finds lifedifficult and struggles while Josef K has a good job in a bank. Itcan be analyzed to show the difference in the lives of the upper andlower class people in the society. It is far reaching on thedifficulty experienced by poor people. Economic inequality can wellbe seen in the modern day world where the rich continue to investwhile the poor are slaves of the working environment. This has becomea cause of conflict in many nations across the globe with strikes byworkers in countries protesting in the streets. The trampunlike Josef K is dignified and is of good nature, Josef K seen thatthe trial was not working out opted to beg to be acquitted. Thoughthe acquittal was denied it was evident that he did not want tocontinue with the trial against him. His encounter with his unclewhich leads him to go lawyer Dr. Huld who gives him bad news in termsof the trial. He finds their judgment on his virtual trial as anintrusion in his space of life. Analyzing this in terms of moderntimes is that people hate to be judged by other people. Judging fromothers has in this day and age sparked controversy in terms of thewords applied. Though in recent times judging people because of howthey live or dress can be translated into bullying in many ways.Judging has also in different occasions used to encourage other toimprove on both their self esteem and talents.
Josef k and thetramp are very different in terms of their characters in the literalway. But the similarity of their predicaments can be summed to bequite relevant in our daily lives. Some of the hardships theyencounter along their lives can be well related to recent times. Thenegative and positive thoughts provoked in the trial although thebook is not complete have become quite relevant to modern day. Thecharacter traits of the two show the social lives and the kind ofdespair they had in between. The characters lives have been in adifferent way been futile in creating a well established sort ofdifficulty. Josef K and the tramp represent the society welive in which is divided within social inequality and lack of a wellestablished justice system. As for the tramp he goes through socialdifficulties including lack of food and even shelter, though he isworking the conditions in the factory are unpleasant and he feelsshort changed. Chaplin used his films to symbolize social inequalityand lack of proper employee welfare his films were comical andprovocative in nature. Frank Kafka, the trial has been analyzed bymany literal minds and one of the most interesting is that it sparkscontroversy for both the reader and analyst. This has given the bookdifferent interpretations in literature.
Kafka, Frank. The Trial. 1925. Pdf.
Modern Times. Dir. Charlie Chaplin. Perf. Little Tramp. 1936. Internet.