Before the Law

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Sidhant Raghuvanshi

BA LLB 2014
English mid-term assignment
Date: 02-08-2014

Before The Law

‘Before the law’, written by ‘Franz Kafka’ depicts the life of a common man and his pursuits to gain justice under a lawless legal system.
Kafka is considered to be one of the most influential ‘German Speaking’ Jewish writers of the twentieth century. Kafka was a subject to the cruelty of the legal system, himself as he was arrested and tried in court without being told the grounds of his arrest. Kafka uses the story, ’Before the Law’ to express his angst against the legal system.

When a person tries to approach the law he is not stopped at one level but is stopped at many levels if he don’t have the power compared to the law. Here we talk about a man who came from a country. Is he an ordinary man? This question answers his entry into the law. He is a poor fellow who is stopped by the gatekeeper who owns nothing in the law but why is he stopped?
Law is meant for everybody no matter rich or poor anyone can approach to get justice but law has become so corrupted with a gate open in front of a person he is not allowed to enter. A man in search of justice is stopped saying "I am powerful" stating as if he is going to give justice to the man. The man from the country didn’t expected just obstacle as he came with a view that law is accessible for everyone but having a close look at the gatekeeper scares him from entering and decides to wait rather than asking him why he cannot get access. Gatekeeper interrogates the man by asking him several questions about his homeland and many other things as if his going to listen to the man and decide things for him. The man being innocent gives away all the valuable things he was carrying with him with a hope that after taking this the gatekeeper will allow him to enter but this seems to be a wrong decision as gatekeeper…...

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