Reading Analysis—Submitted to Canvas—300-500 words
Due Date: Friday, 21 February
Your task for this assignment is to conduct a short analysis of Franz Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist.” By “analysis,” I mean a close reading in which you attempt to answer the following questions:
- What was Kafka’s purpose in writing this story?
- What major theme (i.e. idea)—or themes—was he trying to explore?
- What is his major claim about this theme(s)?
Your response should focus on specific elements of the story (please refer to the major components of narrative as outlined in the “components of literary analysis” lecture from week 1). You are required to discuss at least two of the following elements of Kafka’s story:
- Setting and atmosphere
- Plot and narrative structure
- Point-of-view and narrative style
- Style and language
- Historical background
Your analyses should be written in MLA style: 1-inch margins, 12-pt. font in a simple style (such as Calibri), and double-spaced, and page numbers in the upper-right-hand corner of the page. In the upper-left-hand corner of the first page, include the following information: your name, the instructor’s name, the course number and section, the date, and the word count. You are required to include in-text citations and a work-cited page with your response!!!