Representative Man


Representative Man is one of Frederick R Karl biographies that focuses on the experiences of renown writers including Franz Kafka, William Faulkner and George Eliot. Buy used copy at

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Representative Man

Representative Man

Determining representative man


ought to be one of the most interesting topics ever, obviously we ask whether there is such an existence. If he does, will he truly represent the past, present and the future. Certainly, we can deliberate with endless possibilities. Although we may never come up with conclusive answers, let us look at some of the facts presented by the author Frederick R Karl.

In context of the past and present

Based on Karl’s biography it is quite clear that Franz Kafka is a very intricate character. Since the author writes “Kafka is our poet of ordinary madness” and that ” he enters into the seams between the conscious and the unconscious”. Kafka lived from 1883 to 1924, also a lawyer among other occupations. History tells us that to say times were challenging would simply be understated. Particularly for a Jewish boy growing up in Prague Eastern Europe.  Hence, we may be permitted to make some connection with the representative man of the past. Since ” Kafka was always an anxious figure in a large, ominous drama, assimilating the social and political anxieties of the Astro-Hungarian Empire as it was already beginning to disintegrate.”

Continuing, developments within Kafka’s personal life and so many external factors of society created the representative man for the present.

As for the future.

Representative man is inferential and all we need to do is look at what has happened in the past, present-day occurrences. There are some words that apply then, still relevant and seems natural to apply later on. Here are just a few examples; conflicts, contradictions, ambitious, power, degenerate, inequality, injustices and so on. Read on for more insight as to “ Why Kafka matters”.