This paper seeks to illustrate how Kafka's aesthetics of redistribution of the sensible conveys a connection between political and existential alienation of the individual confronting the state machinery, while also describing the psychological effects of state mystification.
This paper explores the mystification of the state through the detail-oriented nature of bureaucratic proceduralism, and its resulting alienation and objectification of the individual, through Franz Kafka's novels The Trial (1925) and The Castle (1926).
The relationship between illusion and authority is examined in Kafka's portrayal of hierarchy, location, and policy-making within the state, as a process of mystification, which functions to deepen state control.
An explanation of the mystification of the state for individuals, and at isolated points of contact, is implicitly present in Kafka's novels.
As K. tries to navigate the legal system, he encounters one paradoxical situation after another in which the state seems to exhibit no logical location, timing or consistency of any sort except for continual mystification of its workings.
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