Before The Law by Franz Kafka



"Before The Law" by Franz Kafka is one of those stories that leave you puzzled about the intended meaning forever. It's the inception of stories. I've reviewed Metamorphosis, a much more popular story by Kafka, where a man wakes up to find he is a dung beetle. Yes. You read that correctly. It's a damn good story! "Before The Law" begins with a man approaching a gate to enter the law. He is met with a gatekeeper who pretty much says "Nah b." The man, convinced that the gatekeeper is powerful enough decides to wait until he is given the word to enter. The narrator, the man, is not given the name. We learn nothing of the gatekeeper except that there are two more, each more powerful than the one the man has met. The man waits to the side on a stool provided by the gatekeeper. I absolutely love this story. I will admit that I have not truly understood the lesson I suppose has been presented, but I appreciate the simplicity of the telling. The man, who waits years and gives away all his possessions to woo the gatekeeper finds out the entrance was solely for him, as he spends his last moments before the first gate. My interpretation, though I don't think is the intended one, is that the law is for everyone. The gatekeeper's job was to prevent anyone from utilizing the law on their own behalf. One might think of it as the legal procedures, and whatnot, that deters people from using the law to make claims from damages done in an array of settings. Have you read Before The Law? Read it for free here and let me know what you think. Tweet me your thoughts @trmwbk Click here to read it (for free)

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