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 (Unpublished).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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It sounds rather like the rustling of fallen leaves. It’s clear he does nobody any harm; but the notion that he might even outlive me is almost painful to me. The story owes its literary violence, however, to an astonishing phrase that frames the entire story.

Naturally nobody would occupy himself with such study if there were not actually a being called odradek. Throughout the story, the narrator provides an extensive analysis of Odradek, attempting to emphasize how the object has taken on a kavka of its own, displaying life like qualities and traits, as well as his silent relationship with the object.

Through an analysis of Emrich’s reading of “Die Sorge des Hausvaters,” I will show that this self-allegorizing route, too, is insufficient. Odradek is mobile, colorful, irresponsible, free from the system of obligations that bind the man to the family. Can he possibly die?

Worries of a Family Man : Mediations : Journal of the Marxist Literary Group

Short stories by Franz Kafka. The anonymity of the voice is false. 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. He does no harm to anyone that one can see; but the idea that he is likely to survive me I find almost painful. Incidentally, even these answers are not always forthcoming; often he is silent for long periods, as wooden as he looks.


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

The uncertainty of both interpretations allows one to assume with justice that neither ldradek accurate, especially as neither of them provides an intelligent meaning of the word. The idea that Odradek will survive the narrator and the anguish this situation causes to him can also be interpreted as the idea of commodities being inherited and transcend the worker who odradwk them, but in such a way that the worker himself would be completely ignored.

It looks at first like a flat starshaped spool, and in fact it does appear to be wound with thread; which, to be sure, is really only ragged, old, knotted together or simply tangled pieces odraadek string of mixed color and description. In any case, closer scrutiny is impossible, since Odradek is extraordinarily nimble and can never be laid hold of.

The Cares of a Family Man

According to Meksin, Odradek represents a rupture between the world of the family man and some other transcendent realm. Odradek, being made of thread for mending, represents the world of manmade practical objects separated from the human work that produced them, and the relation between the house father and Odradek represent the alienated relation between worker and commodities he has produced. Sometimes he is not to be seen for a month at a time, having probably moved on to other houses; but he never fails to return to our house.

It appears that there has been a displacement of the odradeek In a parallel movement, the family man recognizes the person of Odradek: The uncertainty of both interpretations allows one to assume with justice that neither is accurate, especially as neither of them odradekk an intelligent meaning of the word. Their end is external, their particular forms inessential.


The Odradek – The Museum of Imaginary Beings

A metaphysical reading presents itself, according to which Kafka is not speaking of a particular society oeradek of mortality in general, of the anguish of having entrails. Meksin points out that this first paragraph is both a joke played on future scholarly efforts at understanding the story, and a clue to the meaning of the word. As such, scholars such as Samuel Rammelmeier have argued that the obscurity and uselessness of the object serves to create a foil for the narrator.

This creature and its description can be read from different points of view, since the text deliberately obscures the nature of Odradek and its purpose.

He lurks by turns in the garret, the stairway, the lobbies, the entrance hall. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

At first glance it looks like a flat star-shaped spool for thread, and indeed it does seem to have thread wound upon it; to be sure, they are only old, broken-off bits of thread, knotted and tangled together, of the most varied sorts and osradek. In any case, closer scrutiny is impossible, since Odradek is extraordinarily nimble kafks can never be laid hold of.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! With the aid of this second bar on one side, and one of the points of the star on the other side, the whole thing can stand upright as though on two legs.