Less than one-quarter of his writing consists of completed works. This effect is heightened by a lavish use of semicolons that chop up the already short and forceful sentences into even smaller units. Obediently a horse backed away from the window; I threw my bundle into the gig; the fur coat missed its mark and was caught on a hook only by the sleeve. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The doctor cannot return home because the complacent life he had there, complete with the virtuous Rose, has been destroyed by a Rose of a different kind; and once having been through this life-altering experience, he can never again be the person he was.
The fact that they have come out of a pigsty here underscores their animalistic nature. An atmosphere of quasi-detached objectivity stands in almost eerie contrast to the story's dramatic impact and underlying miraculous character. How is it made manifest in the story? He does not get dressed as he wants to get out of there as soon as possible. Surely, his steeds would carry him faster for the return journey. They are rushing the country doctor to a confrontation, not with any ordinary patient, but with himself. He had lost his footing as soon as he started.
The girl appeared at the gate, alone. A successor is robbing me, but to no avail, for he cannot replace me. Or is Kafka mocking our confusion from beyond the grave? And I nodded to the family. I am employed by the parish, and do my duty to the point where it is almost too much for one man. There are many who offer their flanks, and barely hear the axe in the forest, never mind it deigning to come any nearer to them. I came into the world with a lovely wound; that was my entire outfitting.
The servant girl stood beside me. You may ask questions that continue and broaden a discussion. I am I overlooking details about Kafka's life that could be important? A conflict in need of a solution. The doctor is not in control of his life or his household. Done in a tight corner with two strokes of the ax. He cannot even help his own maid fend off the advances of the groom or control his horses in any meaningful way. The door opened and banged to and fro on its hinges.
The text will reveal a distorted fantasy about which the doctor feels shame. It's definitely part of the tradition of literary modernism, which is a movement characterized by a conscious break with the pretenses of traditional narrative and verse styles, with the aim of expressing the sensibilities of the current age. Symptomatic of our age, the country doctor is the one-dimensional man who has lost a sense of participation, not only in the sphere of the sensual, but also in that of the spiritual. And yet they feel strangely universal. It tells the story of the continuous pressure on doctors, and the never-ending impossible expectations laying on their shoulders.
Filling prescriptions is easy, but getting on with people is much harder. The old man claps me on the shoulder; the sacrifice of his treasure justifies this familiarity. A glass of rum is prepared for me. And Kafka, though interested in Freud's teachings, regarded at least the therapeutical part of psychoanalysis as a hopeless error. Naked and cold and gone astray, the country doctor is the pitiful picture of disoriented mankind drifting over the treacherous landscape of its sick collective consciousness. The doctor then notices that the patient has a horrid, bloody infection on his side, which is beset by multi-legged worms.
. The sister has brought a stool for my handbag. They reveal this by stripping the doctor of his clothes and laying him in the bed alongside the patient. He assures his skeptical bed mate that the wound is not death-dealing and promptly takes up all his belongings and flees the scene. As his kin assemble around the doctor to see him work, the horses from outside have stuck their heads into the windows of the room. A dim stall lantern on a rope swayed inside. He expects the horses to travel at the same speed as during the first ride, however, this time they seem to be barely moving.
But is that all there is to this story? Once at his patient's house, the doctor attempts to treat his patient, a bed-ridden young boy who doesn't appear to have any sort of ailment. Plot Summary of 'A Country Doctor' On a cold winter night, a country doctor prepares to depart from his estate to tend to the needs of a sick patient ten miles away. The parents stand silently, leaning forward, and wait for my opinion. The anxiety prevailing throughout this story also reflects Kafka's problems resulting from his second engagement to Felice Bauer and his deteriorating health. But as soon as she was beside him, the groom puts his arms around her and pushes his face against hers. I notice that I have never before traveled with such a beautiful team of horses, and I climb in happily.