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A Hunger Artist

A Hunger Artist

by Franz Kafka

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Quote #4

[…] only he could also be the perfectly assured spectator of his fast. (2)

The ironic thing about starvation art is that only the artist can be the perfect spectator, because only he knows for sure that he is starving all the time. So why even do it?

Quote #5

Why did the crowd, which pretended to admire him so much, have so little patience with him? (3)

Contrast this hypocritical crowd with the innocent children in Quote #2.

Quote #6

And he looked up into the eyes of the ladies who seemed so friendly but in reality were so cruel.

Two beautiful women greeting the artist – seems like an image from present-day sporting events, like the Tour de France or a WWE "fight." Some things never change. At this point, the audience seems interested in his performance. Are they really, though? Is that why the ladies are "so cruel"?

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