A Hunger Artist: Finding the Motivation to Create
The story “A hunger Artist” talks about a man who was a professional hunger artist and was really dedicated to his profession. He believed that fasting is not such a difficult task and decided to embark on a forty days fasting journey to prove that to the world. The character according to the description of the writer would be in his late 40s to fifty and had a strong passion for fasting. The character can be said to be a very determined person who is willing to go to greater lengths to achieve his intended goal.
Even with the distractions, suspicion of having food hidden in his cage and temptations from the guards; the character always gets the motivation to go on with his act from the visitors who lurk around in the morning till day break. This made him stand firm and sailed through his forty days of fasting which was the limit by his Impresario. But even after the forty days fasting, he exhibited a behavior trait of discontent and asked himself questions like “Why stop fasting at this particular moment, after forty days of it?” “Why stop now, when he was in his best fasting form, or rather, not yet quite in is best fasting form?”(Kafka 641). He was so much interested in reviving people’s interest in professional fasting. Feeling he has failed in his mission to revive the interest of the people and the world at large, he was driven into a state of dilemma with questions like “What comfort could he possibly need?” “What more could he possibly wish for?” (Kafka 641). This led to the manifestation of anger on those who felt pity for him and tried to console him.
Furthermore, the thought that he could do more to gain the attention needed made him join a circus so that once again he can prove to the people that he can break his own record by going beyond what is known to be the possible limit. He requested that his cage be situated beside the animals so that when people come to see the animals, they will turn to spend a little time looking at him. He was an optimist and a desperate one. His optimism leads him to a cognitive state of self-deception that people will come his way and watches him. “People grew familiar with the strange idea that they could be expected, in times like these, to take an interest in a hunger artist, and with this familiarity the verdict went out against him”(Kafka 644). As time went on, the interest of people who by chance come to watch him in his cage dwindled and shifted to other acts and performances leaving the hunger artist deserted. Regardless of this, he didn’t stop but push on until he couldn’t anymore and fell.
A vacation is the perfect escape from a harsh or dull reality. Anton Chekhov authored the story “The Lady With the Dog”, which introduces two characters who could really use […]
Carol Ann Duffy, in her fictional work, delves into feminist ideas and concepts. This is particularly prevalent in the collection of ‘The World’s Wife’ poetry. In the inaugural poem; “Little […]
I feel honoured to be here today introducing to you the lovely Hannah Kent. You may know Miss Kent from her world-renowned book Burial Rites. Burial Rites has been translated […]
In 2003, aged 17, Kent leapt at the chance to travel to Iceland as part of a Rotary exchange programme when the opportunity arose, interested in the Scandinavian countries having […]
The purpose of this research is to trace out the elements of intertextuality in Leila Aboulela’s novel The Kindness of Enemies to show that how the given fiction runs parallel […]
The novel Love in the Time of Cholera, written by the Colombian author, Gabriel García Márquez, tells a love story of Fermina Daza and Florentino Ariza. Their chronicle of affairs […]
In today’s world, although significant strides have been made towards the pursuit of gender equality, women continue to face discrimination in the workplace, at home and in society. In works […]
Margaret Atwood has deeply involved with nationalism and the rise of independent cultural values in Canada. Although she has spent a lot of time in America but she has never […]
Whether you want it or not, everyone has a purpose in life. According to the Oxford dictionary, the definition of “purpose” is “the thing that something is supposed to achieve”. […]
The story “A hunger Artist” talks about a man who was a professional hunger artist and was really dedicated to his profession. He believed that fasting is not such a […]