Friday, February 27, 2009

Franz Kafka -Jackals And Arabs

Dear friends, previous few days I was analysing as many literature as I can. Prior to one month my attention was on a number of passionate novels like. Gone With The Wind- Margaret Mitchell ,Love Story- Erich Segal ,The Flame And The Flower- Kathleen Woodiwiss, Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier, Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte ,Odyssey- Homer Silas Marner- George Elliot ,Emma- Jane Austen ,Great Expectations- Charles Dickens Sons And Lovers- D.H. Lawrence A Scarlett Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne Rainbow- D.H. Lawrence Lady Chatterley's Lover- D.H. Lawrence Romeo And Juliet- William Shakespeare Othello- William Shakespeare The Tempest- William Shakespeare.etc....at the moment I m dedicating my chock-full focus on franz kafkas writings to be grave I m at the moment researching on kafka.I have just ended reading Jackals and Arabs the narrative is in relation toA European voyager as of the North, accompanied by Arab guides, and is camped in the wasteland. While nighttime falls, and the Arabs are at remoteness, the voyager is accosted by chatting jackals. The jackals talk of an age-old revulsion for Arabs, whom they associate with uncleanliness. They relate a belief approved down from their ancestors, that a man such as the protagonist would be the one to "end the quarrel which divides the world in two". The jackals attempt to enlist the traveler's assistance in destroying them, offering him old rusted scissors with which to slit the throats of the Arabs. At this instant an Arab happens upon the discussion, and cracks his whip, "laughing cheerfully". He declares the fondness of Arabs for jackals, and the Arabs bring out the carcass of a camel that had died in the night. The jackals begin to feast on it uncontrollably, and the Arab whips several of them as they tear at the flesh of the carcass, until the European interferes. The Arab agrees to stop, and the story ends: "We’ll leave them to their calling. Besides, it’s time to break camp. You’ve seen them. Wonderful creatures, aren’t they? And how they hate us!"Criticisms concerning the narrative are that the understanding of jackals as Jews has been taken up as a parable of Jewish-Arab relations, Kafka "caricaturing the concept of the Chosen People who appear as intolerant of the Arab culture as the Arab culture is of them. Any how I enjoyed reading it and now I am moving on to his squat story "A Country Doctor"