This thesis is a comparative study of alienation. It provides an analysis of the different ways in which the Czech writer, Franz Kafka, and the South African writer, J.M. Coetzee delineate alienation in their works, The Trial and Foe. Three aspects of alienation are discussed: alienation from self, world and language. Hence, the thesis emphasizes that manÃ¢ s predicament of alienation, homelessness and exile stems from a failure to recognize a self to which he can relate, an inability to find a home in an alien universe and an incapacity to develop a constructive relationship with words and language. This study not only focuses on manÃ¢ s existential predicament of alienation, but it also reveals that alienation is an experience that writer and reader go through in their encounter with a work of art. Thus, this study also explores the nature of a work of art and is concerned with the effects of literature on the reader.
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Abou Zeid, A.
(2003).The castaway: a comparative study of alienation in Franz Kafka's "The Trial" and J.M. Coetzee's "Foe" [Master’s thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Abou Zeid, Alia. The castaway: a comparative study of alienation in Franz Kafka's "The Trial" and J.M. Coetzee's "Foe". 2003. American University in Cairo, Master's thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.