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by, 07-18-2011 at 06:00 PM (243 Views)
Religious institutions often present morality as a cerebral idea that is far from the common person’s grasp. In Franz Kafka’s Before the Law, a man wastes away his life as fear drives him away from morality. Though the entrance to the law lies in front of the county-man, the Doorkeeper forbids its entrance and the man obeys. Franz Kafka’s portrait of the country-man’s life, use of lighting and the identity of the doorkeeper work to portray people’s misguided search for morality under the influence of a hierarchical religion.
The Doorkeeper symbolizes the bottom level of a hierarchical church and exists to scare the county-man from entering the door to morality. The Doorkeeper’s agelessness works to present him not as one person, but as an entire institution. Even as the county-man dies, the Doorkeeper still stands tall. Kafka presents the Doorkeeper as a wealthy man. “He looks more closely at the doorkeeper in his furred robes” The material wealth of the doorkeeper causes the county-man to believe that it may be possible to gain permission through bribes.