The Hunger Artist as a Christ Like Figure College
In A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka, one can argue the character of the Hunger Artist is an absurdist anti-hero parallel to the heroic figure of Jesus Christ in the Holy Bible. The Hunger Artist is a narration of a "starving, dying art", and one of the most relative interpretations for its time can be attributed to religion. Although Kafka was born Jewish and later devoted himself to atheism, he had no trouble alluding to things that were central to European society. That being said, "A Hunger Artist" is a Christ-like figure, or a martyr, as Kafka believed, who would absurdly devote himself to religion during the modernist age when there was a declining interest in religion.
The story opens with "In the last decade, there has been a declining interest in hunger artists", which possibly may be a reference to the rise of atheism in the nineteen twenties, supported by Kafka's atheism. First, let's define what it means to be a hunger artist. A hunger artist in this story is a "an artist who masochistically starves himself for the pleasure of others as an art form", but could be extended metaphorically to mean "a starving artist of a dying art". Either way, "starving or pleasing others as an art and suffering for it" or "doing...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 1039 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 8013 literature essays, 2248 sample college application essays, 348 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.
Already a member? Log in