The works of Kafka have been recognized as symbolizing modern man's
anxiety-ridden alienation in an indifferent world.
The 'Castle' describes the relentless but futile efforts of a man to gain recognition from the mysterious rulers of the castle who dominate the village where he wants to establish himself.
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In 1818 he was appointed poet to the Hofburgtheater. He wrote 12 tragedies
and one comedy, as well as lyric poetry and a novel.