The Kafkaesque and the Power of Mind

We so often hear that word–Kafkaesque–tossed around to describe all sorts of things, from scenes in film to our everyday encounters with the world, but it seems that many who use the word either haven’t read much Kafka, or haven’t thought very deeply about his stories. The video below does an excellent job of explaining what exactly “Kafkaesque” means, and what the real moral is behind most of Kafka’s impenetrable beauracracy: namely, the power of the individual to determine his or her own world. It seems that ultimately, Kafka is a kind of existentialist.

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