Trusting in an Unknown System


The strangest part of the novel, for me, was K.’s acceptance of his arrest. He never gets concrete proof of his arrest with papers, he doesn’t initially get a reason for his arrest, and no one even comes down to his house to arrest him in the beginning, but K. accepts his situation and chooses to be controlled by the two guards. The book seems to switch back and forth between two opposing and valid perspectives: the guard’s opinions and K’s opinions. To the guards, it is weird that K. would question the Law when he admits he doesn’t know it. Yet, to K., it is crazy that he is being arrested with no proof. Both of these perspectives seem valid, and I think that even though the guard’s aren’t fully developed characters, they are representative of a system that controls because its participants allow it to control them. In this case, K. chooses to conform to an unknown system and trust in it, when he doesn’t even understand it.

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